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Hakodate Airport (函館空港, Hakodate Kūkō) (IATA: HKD, ICAO: RJCH), is an airport located 7.6 km (4.7 mi) east[2] of Hakodate Station in Hakodate, a city in Hokkaidō, Japan. It is operated by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Hakodate Airport

函館空港

Hakodate Kūkō
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorMLIT
ServesHakodate, Japan
Elevation AMSL112 ft / 34 m
Coordinates41°46′12″N 140°49′19″E / 41.77000°N 140.82194°E / 41.77000; 140.82194Coordinates: 41°46′12″N 140°49′19″E / 41.77000°N 140.82194°E / 41.77000; 140.82194
WebsiteEnglish Website
Map
RJCH is located in Hokkaido
RJCH
RJCH
Location in Hokkaidō
RJCH is located in Japan
RJCH
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Location in Japan
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 3,000 9,843 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers1,772,052
Cargo (metric tonnes)8,433
Aircraft movement18,129

HistoryEdit

Hakodate airport opened in 1961 with a single 1,200 m runway. A new terminal upgrade and runway extension to 2,000 m became operational in 1971. The runway was extended further to 2,500 m in 1978 and to 3,000 m in 1999. A new terminal building opened in 2005.[3]

On September 6, 1976, Soviet pilot Viktor Belenko defected to the West by landing a MiG-25 Foxbat aircraft at Hakodate Airport.[4]

On June 21, 1995, All Nippon Airways Flight 857, a scheduled Boeing 747 flight from Tokyo to Hakodate, was hijacked by Fumio Kutsumi, a Tokyo bank employee armed with a screwdriver. Kutsumi claimed to be acting on behalf of Aum Shinrikyo leader Shoko Asahara. The aircraft landed in Hakodate and stayed on the runway overnight for 15 hours before riot police stormed the aircraft at dawn and freed the passengers.[5]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Ground transportationEdit

Scheduled buses operate to Hakodate Station and the Onuma Prince Hotel.[8]

In popular cultureEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hakodate Airport" (PDF). Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  2. ^ AIS Japan Archived 2016-05-17 at the Portuguese Web Archive
  3. ^ "日本の空港/VFRパイロットの飛行場・ヘリポート情報誌!". www.dgraph.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  4. ^ Dowling, Stephen (2016-09-05). "The pilot who stole a secret Soviet fighter jet". BBC. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  5. ^ Reid, T. R. (1995-06-22). "JAPANESE POLICE STORM PLANE, GRAB HIJACKER". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  6. ^ "Okay Airways schedules Xi'An – Hakodate flight in Dec 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  7. ^ "tigerair Taiwan Adds Hakodate Flights from August 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  8. ^ "HAKODATE Airport 函館空港ビルデング株式会社【アクセス】". airport.ne.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-04-17.

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