Wakkanai Airport

稚内空港

Wakkanai Kūkō
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorMinistry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
LocationWakkanai
Elevation AMSL27 ft / 8 m
Coordinates45°24′16″N 141°48′08″E / 45.40444°N 141.80222°E / 45.40444; 141.80222Coordinates: 45°24′16″N 141°48′08″E / 45.40444°N 141.80222°E / 45.40444; 141.80222
Websitehttp://www.wkj-airport.jp/
Map
RJCW is located in Hokkaido
RJCW
RJCW
Location in Japan
RJCW is located in Japan
RJCW
RJCW
RJCW (Japan)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,200 7,218 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers184,779
Cargo (metric tonnes)231
Aircraft movement2,732

Wakkanai Airport (稚内空港, Wakkanai Kūkō) (IATA: WKJ, ICAO: RJCW) is an airport located 10 km (6.2 mi) east southeast[2] of Wakkanai, Hokkaidō, Japan.

Wakkanai is the northernmost airport in Japan that is capable of handling jet aircraft; due to its small size, it is susceptible to closures during the coldest winter months, in which case incoming aircraft are often diverted to Asahikawa Airport. It has one jet bridge, one apron gate for mid-sized jet aircraft, and two apron gates for commuter aircraft.[3][4]

History

Wakkanai Airport opened to passenger traffic in 1960, initially on an irregular basis. Air Nippon began scheduled service to Okadama Airport and Rishiri Airport in 1974, followed by Rebun Airport in 1978 and New Chitose Airport in 1980. Air Nippon discontinued the short Rebun and Rishiri commuter flights in 2003 due to poor load factors.

In 1987, the 1,200 m main runway was extended to 1,800 m, allowing All Nippon Airways to begin jet service to Tokyo. The flight was initially seasonal and did not become a year-round service until 1997. The city of Wakkanai provided subsidies for city residents to use the flight until 2005, when discounted fares became available.

As of 2015, ANA has two scheduled daily round trips to Sapporo using Bombardier Q400 turboprops, and one scheduled daily round trip to Tokyo (two from June to September) using Boeing 737 jets.[5]

Airlines and destinations

AirlinesDestinations
All Nippon Airways Tokyo–Haneda
All Nippon Airways
operated by ANA Wings
Sapporo–Chitose

Ground transportation

The airport is located on Japan National Route 238. However, since there is the runway, passengers cannot directly enter the airport terminal from the road. 12 km from central Wakkanai.

Busses

Airport Terminal Bus stop

This bus stop is located near the airport.

No. Via Destination Company Note
32 (Kuko Sen) Minami-Wakkanai StationWakkanai Station Wakkanai Ferry Terminal Soya Bus A departing time of this service is timed to coincide with ANA flight schedules.
Soya Misaki-Kuko Sen Soya[6]Soya Misaki・Soya・Wakkanai Station Wakkanai Ferry Terminal Runs between August and October. A departing time of this service is timed to coincide with ANA flight schedule, so it might be delayed. Passengers are not able to ride on this service when the thirty seats are filled with other passengers. Soya bus stop is passed through twice.
Jidōsha Gakkō-mae Bus stop 自動車学校前

This bus stop is located on Japan National Route 238 in front of the Wakkanai Driving School. It takes about 10 minutes from here to this bus stop on foot through Hokkaido Prefectural Road Route 1059 and 121.

No. Via Destination Company Note
Tenpoku-Soya Misaki Sen Minami-Wakkanai Station Wakkanai Station Soya Bus Runs on only one service through Ekimae dōri.
Soya Misaki・Ōmisaki Elementary School・Onishibetsu Station[7]Sarufutsu StationHamatonbetsu StationNakatonbetsu Station Otoineppu Station Bus bound for Otoineppu Station runs in only the morning. Most of services run till Nakatonbetsu Station Bus Terminal.

Railway

Until 1989, the JNR Tempoku Line passed by the airport; however, the airport did not have a station on the line except for one day in June 1987, when a temporary Higashi-Koetoi Station was opened to accommodate visitors to the airport's extended runway.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Wakkanai Airport" (PDF). Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  2. ^ AIS Japan
  3. ^ "稚内空港のご案内". Wakkanai Airport Terminal. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  4. ^ "稚内空港". Tokyo Regional Civil Aviation Bureau. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  5. ^ "フライト情報". Wakkanai Airport Terminal. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  6. ^ Passengers who go to Shiroi michi should get off at this bus stop. Explaining to a bus driver about getting on the same service which get off at this bus stop again at Soya bus stop when you get off the service at Soya bus stop is possible for you to ride on this service without added fares.
  7. ^ Passengers can transfer onto Tempoku which go to Asahikawa Station.
  8. ^ ja:東声問駅