Gangneung Air Base

Gangneung Airbase (IATA: KAG, ICAO: RKNN) is an airbase holding the 18th fighter wing of the Republic of Korea Air Force. It is located in Gangneung, Gangwon-do. The airfield has one runway (8/26), and is ILS equipped on runway 23. In the past, this airfield also used to handle civilian air traffic. The passenger handling functions of this airfield were closed prior to the opening of Yangyang International Airport

Gangneung Airbase

Airport typeMilitary
LocationGangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Elevation AMSL35 ft / 11 m
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,743 9,000 Concrete
Source: DAFIF[1][2]


During the Korean War, the USAF designated the base as K-18.

In 1969, Korean Air Lines YS-11 flying from Gangneung Airbase to Gimpo International Airport in Seoul was hijacked by a North Korean agent and forced to land in the North; seven of the passengers and all four crew members among them did not return to South Korea.[3]


  1. ^ Airport information for RKNN at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for KAG at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ "41년 만에 유엔서 재조명되는 북한의 국제범죄", Dongrip Shinmun, 2010-06-18, archived from the original on 2011-07-22, retrieved 2010-07-07

Coordinates: 37°45′12″N 128°56′37″E / 37.75333°N 128.94361°E / 37.75333; 128.94361