Taiping Island Airport
|Taiping Island Airport
|IATA: none – ICAO: RCSP|
|Operator||Republic of China Air Force|
|Location||Taiping Island, Spratly Islands, South China Sea|
|South China Sea|
Taiping Island Airport is an airport on Taiping Island belonging to the Republic of China (Taiwan), and managed by the Republic of China Air Force. The airport has a 1,200 metre long, 30 metre wide runway, with an aircraft apron in the east covering 7,800 square metres that can park two C-130 transport aircraft, in addition to an apron on the west side covering 1,300 square metres. The airport is the southernmost airbase under the de facto territorial control of the ROC.
In 2006, the government of the Republic of China revealed plans for constructing an airbase on Taiping Island, commissioned by the ROC Ministry of National Defense. Construction completed on 12 December 2007, and within the following year on 2 February 2008, then ROC president Chen Shui-bian visited the airport, travelling via a C-130 transport plane.
Once every two months, a C-130 transport aircraft arrives from Taiwan island which provides personnel transportation and materiel supply for the entire island. There are no other regular scheduled flights.
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