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Shonai Airport


Shōnai Kūkō
Shonai Airport Terminal and Tower.JPG
Airport typePublic
ServesSakata, Yamagata
LocationSakata, Yamagata, Japan
Elevation AMSL72 ft / 22 m
Coordinates38°48′44″N 139°47′14″E / 38.81222°N 139.78722°E / 38.81222; 139.78722Coordinates: 38°48′44″N 139°47′14″E / 38.81222°N 139.78722°E / 38.81222; 139.78722
RJSY is located in Yamagata Prefecture
Location in Japan
RJSY is located in Japan
RJSY (Japan)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,000 6,562 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2015)
Cargo (metric tonnes)533
Aircraft movement4,211

Shonai Airport (庄内空港, Shōnai Kūkō) (IATA: SYO, ICAO: RJSY) is a regional airport in Sakata, Yamagata, Japan. The municipalities of Tsuruoka and Shōnai are also near the airport.


The airport opened in 1991 after lobbying efforts by local chambers of commerce, as the area was highly isolated from the major cities of Tokyo and Osaka, requiring half a day of travel to reach either. All Nippon Airways (ANA) initially operated service to both Tokyo (Haneda) and Osaka (Itami), but cancelled the Osaka service in 2009. There was also nonstop service to Sapporo from 1995 to 2007.

Seiko Epson has also used the airport for weekly employee charter flights to and from Matsumoto since 1997.

In December 2012, an ANA flight landing from Tokyo overran the runway at Shonai. There were no fatalities, but the airport was closed for the following day.

Airlines and destinations

All Nippon Airways Tokyo–Haneda
Jetstar Japan Tokyo–Narita[2]


Bus transportation servicing Shonai Airport
Bus stop No. Via Destination Company Note
Airport Terminal bus stop Sakata―Yunohama Line Tohoku University of Community Service and Science Sakata Station (Yamagata) Shonai Kotsu
Tsuruoka Station
Hamanaka Gakko mae bus stop Airport Limousine Bus Sakata Station (Yamagata) Sakata Koryo Koko mae Shonai Kotsu It takes about 10 minutes from here to the bus stop on foot.
Yunohama Onsen


  1. ^ "Shonai Airport" (PDF). Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Jetstar Japan adds Tokyo – Shonai service from August 2019".