New Chitose Airport


Shin-Chitose Kūkō
New Chitose Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerMinistry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
OperatorHokkaido Airports [ja]
ServesSapporo metropolitan area
LocationCity of Chitose and Tomakomai
OpenedJuly 1988; 35 years ago (1988-07)
Elevation AMSL70 ft / 21 m
Coordinates42°46′31″N 141°41′33″E / 42.77528°N 141.69250°E / 42.77528; 141.69250
RJCC is located in Hokkaido
Location in Hokkaido
RJCC is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01R/19L 3,000 9,843 Asphalt/concrete
01L/19R 3,000 9,843 Asphalt/concrete
18R/36L[1] 2,700 8,858 Concrete
18L/36R[1] 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
Statistics (2017 = One of Mostly domestic terminal airport in Japan)
Cargo (metric tonnes)216,812
Aircraft movement150,620

New Chitose Airport (新千歳空港, Shin-Chitose Kūkō) (IATA: CTS, ICAO: RJCC) is an international airport located 2.7 NM (5.0 km; 3.1 mi) south-southeast of Chitose[3] and Tomakomai, Hokkaidō, Japan, serving the Sapporo metropolitan area. By both traffic and land area, it is the largest airport in Hokkaidō.

It is adjacent to Chitose Air Base, a Japan Air Self-Defense Force base which houses F-15 Eagle fighter jets, the Japanese Air Force One government aircraft and a number of smaller emergency response aircraft and helicopters. Chitose and New Chitose have separate runways but are interconnected by taxiways, and aircraft at either facility can enter the other by ground if permitted; the runways at Chitose are occasionally used to relieve runway closures at New Chitose due to winter weather. JASDF provides air traffic control for both facilities.

As of 2018, New Chitose Airport was the fifth-busiest airport in Japan, and ranked 64th in the world in terms of passengers carried.[4] The 819 km (509 mi) Sapporo–Tokyo Haneda route is the second busiest air route in the world, with 9.7 million passengers carried in 2018.[5]


New Chitose opened in July 1988 to replace the adjacent Chitose Airport, a joint-use facility which had served passenger flights since 1963.[6] The airport's IATA airport code was originally SPK. This code was later adopted as a city code to refer to both New Chitose and the smaller Okadama Airport in central Sapporo, which handles commuter flights within Hokkaido.

New Chitose became Japan's first 24-hour airport in 1994.[citation needed] Services between 10 PM and 7 AM are currently limited to six flights per day due to noise alleviation concerns. Four of these slots are currently used by passenger flights to Tokyo while the other two are used by cargo flights.

New Chitose previously had long-haul service to Amsterdam (KLM, 1997–2002), Cairns (Qantas, 1992–1998 and 2004–2007) and Honolulu (JALWays, 1992–2003, Hawaiian Airlines since 2012). Service to Europe resumed when Finnair launched a new weekly flight to Helsinki from 15 December 2019. Finnair was the unique company to provide direct and scheduled flights between Sapporo and Europe.[7] International services are mainly for transporting tourists from the rest of Asia and for sightseeing and skiing. The area surrounding gates 0 through 2, on the north end of the main terminal, was a sterile area for international flights until the international terminal opened for service on March 26, 2010.

The airport was upgraded with additional private aircraft handling facilities for the 34th G8 summit, held in Hokkaido in 2008.

Due to the airport's sharing of air traffic control with Chitose Air Base, daytime civil operations are limited to 32 takeoffs and landings per hour, and operations by certain foreign aircraft (including Chinese and Russian aircraft) are prohibited on Mondays and Thursdays. These restrictions were scheduled to be eased in March 2017.[8] A second terminal is being built roughly doubling the existing terminal and capacity, scheduled to be complete by August 2019.[9]


Graphs are temporarily unavailable due to technical issues.
Annual passenger traffic at CTS airport. See Wikidata query.

Airlines and destinations

Aerial view of New Chitose Airport

The airport has a semicircular domestic terminal (reminiscent of the semicircular terminals at DFW Airport) with eighteen gates, and a smaller international terminal with six gates. Operating hours for international flights at CTS are restricted by the Japanese government in order to avoid interference with JASDF operations at the adjacent air base. As of April 2012, international flights are permitted on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 4 pm, and from 5 pm on Friday through 11:59 pm on Sunday.[10]


Sapporo Chitose airport passenger destinations, as of September 2017
AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur–International (resumes 3 December 2023)
Air Busan Busan, Seoul–Incheon[11]
Air China Beijing–Capital
Air Do Fukuoka,[12] Kobe, Nagoya–Centrair, Sendai, Tokyo–Haneda
Air Seoul Seoul–Incheon
All Nippon Airways Fukuoka, Kobe, Komatsu, Osaka–Itami, Osaka–Kansai, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita[13]
Seasonal: Naha
ANA Wings Akita, Aomori, Fukuoka, Fukushima, Hakodate, Hiroshima, Kushiro, Memanbetsu, Nagoya–Centrair, Nakashibetsu, Niigata, Osaka–Itami, Osaka–Kansai, Sendai, Toyama, Wakkanai
Seasonal: Kobe, Okayama, Rishiri, Shizuoka[14]
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon[15]
Batik Air Malaysia Seasonal: Kuala Lumpur–International, Taipei-Taoyuan
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong[16]
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan
China Eastern Airlines Shanghai–Pudong (resumes 1 September 2023)[17]
EVA Air Taipei–Taoyuan
Fuji Dream Airlines Matsumoto, Shizuoka, Yamagata
Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu (resumes 3 April 2024)[18]
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong
Ibex Airlines Sendai
J-Air Akita, Aomori, Hanamaki, Kagoshima, Memanbetsu, Niigata, Osaka–Itami, Sendai
Seasonal: Izumo, Kitakyushu
Japan Airlines Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Nagoya–Centrair, Osaka–Itami, Osaka–Kansai, Tokyo–Haneda
Jeju Air Seoul–Incheon
Jetstar Japan Nagoya–Centrair, Osaka–Kansai, Tokyo–Narita
Jin Air Busan,[19] Seoul–Incheon
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon[20]
Peach Fukuoka,[21] Nagoya–Centrair,[22] Naha,[23] Osaka–Kansai, Sendai,[24] Tokyo–Narita
Scoot Seasonal: Singapore, Taipei–Taoyuan[25]
Skymark Airlines Fukuoka, Ibaraki, Kobe, Nagoya–Centrair, Tokyo–Haneda
Spring Airlines Shanghai–Pudong
Spring Airlines Japan Tokyo–Narita
Starlux Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan[26]
Thai Airways International Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi [27]
Tigerair Taiwan Taipei–Taoyuan[28]
T'way Air Daegu, Seoul–Incheon[29]


Air Incheon Seoul–Incheon[30]
ANA Cargo Tokyo–Haneda

Other facilities

The domestic terminal contains a 188-room hotel, the Air Terminal Hotel[31]

China Airlines operates its Sapporo office on the third floor of the airport building.[32]

The airline Hokkaido Air System was at one time headquartered in the New Chitose airport terminal.[33] Now its head office is on the property of Okadama Airport in Higashi-ku, Sapporo.[34]

Ground transportation

New Chitose Airport Station


New Chitose Airport Station is located on a spur off the Chitose Line of Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido). Rapid service trains operate to and from Sapporo Station, taking 36–39 minutes and costing ¥1,070.[35]


Accidents and incidents


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