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Fukuoka Airport
福岡空港
Fukuoka Kūkō
IATA: FUK – ICAO: RJFF
Fukuoka Airport
Summary
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Civil Aviation Bureau
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Location Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Elevation AMSL 30 ft / 9 m
Coordinates 33°35′04″N 130°27′06″E / 33.58444°N 130.45167°E / 33.58444; 130.45167 (Fukuoka Airport)Coordinates: 33°35′04″N 130°27′06″E / 33.58444°N 130.45167°E / 33.58444; 130.45167 (Fukuoka Airport)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 2,800 9,186 Asphalt/Concrete
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan

Fukuoka Airport (福岡空港 Fukuoka Kūkō) (IATA: FUK, ICAO: RJFF), formerly known as Itazuke Air Base, is an international and domestic airport located 1.6 NM (3.0 km; 1.8 mi) east of Hakata Station in Fukuoka, Japan. It is officially designated a second class airport. It is operating at full capacity, and cannot be further expanded. Flights stop at 10 p.m. to allow local residents some peace and quiet, starting again at 7 a.m..

The airport is located in Hakata-ku, south-east of the city centre. It is connected to the rest of the city by Fukuoka City Subway and road, and a subway from the airport to the business district takes less than ten minutes.

Fukuoka Airport is the fourth busiest passenger airport in Japan. In 2006, it was used by 18.1 million people and there were 137,000 takeoffs and landings.

There is only one runway of 2800 metres, which was constructed for propeller aircraft. The airport is surrounded by residential areas and the approach is reminiscent of the old Hong Kong airport, Kai Tak International.

In the mid-1990s, Delta Air Lines operated a non-stop flight between Fukuoka and Portland, Oregon, where the airline once operated its trans-pacific hub. When the route was dropped due to financial pressure, Fukuoka lost its first and only non-stop service to the mainland U.S.

From 1952 to 1972, Fukuoka Airport was the site of a United States Air Force base named Itazuke.

Accidents

  • On June 13, 1996, a Garuda Indonesia Airways DC-10, Flight 865, crashed on take-off, killing three passengers and severely injuring 18 more. The pilot appeared to hesitate about applying full throttle upon a single engine failure. The crash occurred within the airport perimeter when the aircraft was already airborne, nine feet off the ground.
  • On August 12, 2005, metal fragments fell in a Fukuoka residential area from a JALways airplane bound for Honolulu after an engine briefly caught fire shortly after take-off. Two people on the ground were injured by falling debris.
  • On March 31, 1970, Japan Airlines Flight 351, carrying 131 passengers and 7 crew from Tokyo to Fukuoka, is hijacked by nine members of the Japanese Red Army group. 23 passengers were freed at Fukuoka Airport, mainly children or old aged. 108 passengers and all crew members with Red Army group left Fukuoka, bound for Gimpo Airport, near Seoul. Three days after, Red Army group ask to be flown to North Korean capital Pyongyang, before leaving from Seoul, 103 passenger and crew hostages are freed, and nine Red Army group members surrendered to North Korean authorities.

Alternative Sites for the Airport


Airport diagram
Airport diagram

With Fukuoka's ambitions to become a hub for business and travel in East Asia and former Mayor Mr. Hirotaro Yamasaki's stated ambition to bring the Olympic Games to Fukuoka and Kyushu in 2016, moving the airport further inland or to an offshore artificial island to accommodate increased traffic has been considered. However, the idea of a new airport in the sea off Shingu has been opposed by environmentalists. The Gan-no-su coastal area has also been mooted, and it was the site of an airfield in the 1940s, but similar environmental concerns exist there.

There is some debate as to whether a new airport is really needed, given the cost, the environmental problems and the nearby and hugely underutilized New Kitakyushu Airport (opened on March 16, 2006) which has 21-hour operation and Saga Airport. A combination of the three airports appropriately used may provide a solution for the time being.

Airlines and destinations


Fukuoka Airport Terminal 2 at night
Fukuoka Airport Terminal 2 at night

Aircraft of Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways at Gates 1-6 at Terminal 3
Aircraft of Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways at Gates 1-6 at Terminal 3

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Airlines Destinations
Air Busan Busan
Air China Beijing-Capital, Dalian, Shanghai-Pudong
All Nippon Airways Naha, Osaka-Itami, Sapporo-Chitose, Tokyo-Haneda
All Nippon Airways operated by Air Nippon Tokyo-Narita, Osaka-Kansai
All Nippon Airways operated by Air Next Ishigaki, Fukue, Komatsu, Niigata, Nagoya-Centrair, Naha, Sendai, Tsushima
Amakusa Airlines Amakusa
Asiana Airlines Busan, Jeju, Seoul-Incheon
Cathay Pacific Airways Hong Kong, Taipei-Taoyuan
China Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan
China Eastern Airlines Beijing-Capital, Shanghai-Pudong, Qingdao
China Southern Airlines Dalian, Guangzhou, Shenyang
Continental Airlines operated by Continental Micronesia Guam
Dragonair Hong Kong [resumes 31 October]
EVA Air Taipei-Taoyuan
Fuji Dream Airlines Matsumoto, Shizuoka
Japan Airlines Miyazaki, Naha, Sapporo-Chitose, Sendai, Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita
Japan Airlines operated by J-Air Kochi, Matsuyama, Nagoya-Komaki, Osaka-Itami, Osaka-Kansai
Japan Airlines operated by Japan Air Commuter Izumo, Kagoshima, Matsumoto, Miyazaki, Osaka-Itami
Japan Airlines operated by Japan Transocean Air Naha
Korean Air Busan, Seoul-Incheon
Philippine Airlines Manila
Skymark Airlines Naha, Tokyo-Haneda
Singapore Airlines Singapore
Thai Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City


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General Info
Country Japan
ICAO ID RJFF
Time UTC+9
Latitude 33.585942
33° 35' 09.39" N
Longitude 130.450686
130° 27' 02.47" E
Elevation 32 feet
10 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 006° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency MILITARY - CIVIL JOINT USE AIRPORT
Island Group Kyushu I
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
TWR 118.4
236.8
126.2
TCA
Opr 2300-1200Z
121.275
318.2
GND 121.7
236.8
DEP 119.7
261.2
CLNC DEL 121.925
256.0
ATIS
Opr 2200-1300Z
127.2
APP 119.1
120.7
121.125
279.2


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
16/34 9186 x 197 feet
2800 x 60 meters
ASPHALT 097FDXT YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VORTAC DGC FUKUOKA 092X 114.5 6.2 NM 157.2
NDB FO FUKUOKA - 203 6.1 NM 157.5


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A, without icing inhibitor.

JP-4, Wide cut turbine fuel MIL Spec T-5624

100/130 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (GREEN)
Oil O-128, 1100,(Dispersant)Reciprocating Engine Oil(MIL L 22851 Type II)

O-133, 1010, jet Engine Oil (MIL l 6081)
Other Fluids LPHOX, Low pressure oxygen servicing
JASU AM32A-60A
AIR: 150+/-5lb/min (2055+/-68cfm) at 51+/- psia, AC: 120/208v, 400 cycle, 3 phase, 75kva, 0.75pf, 4 wire, DC:28v, 200 amp, 5.6kw


Remarks
A-GEAR Opr 2300-0800Z Mon-Fri, 2300-0300Z Sat, not avbl on Sun and hol. Call Twr in emerg.
CSTMS/AG/IMG Avbl 2330-1100Z.
FUEL A1 (AVCARD Shell Aviation Ltd C44-20-7934/8220) PN rqr. (NC-100, J4)
JASU (AM32A-60A) (C3)
LGT PAPI Rwy 16 MEHT 70', Rwy 34- 74'.
MISC Air Trml and gnd handling svc opr 2230-0730Z Mon-Fri, OT 12 hr PN rqr exc AMC sked acft, DSN 252-2422. Acft rqr air trml and gnd handling svc are rqr to provideadvance ntc or delays in svc may be experienced. Acft rqr svc should make priorcoord with HQ AMC TACC and Base OPS. Wx svc avbl via fone fr Yokota. All acft passing thru Twy 1-W and exiting fr W parl twy will hold at GP HOLD LINE til rcvtwy clnc to avoid interference with ILS GS. All jet acft passing thru Twy 6-E parl twy, hold at Nr 1 STOP LINE on Twy 6-E til rcv taxi clnc to avoid causing jet blast damage. PPR fr arpt admin for tran acft to taxi in prk areas.
NS ABTMT See FLIP PLANNING AP/3.
RSTD PPR until Mar 2007, Rwy 16-34 clsd 1330-2130Z Mon-Fri. WIP.



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