Miho-Yonago Airport (美保飛行場) (IATA: YGJ, ICAO: RJOH), also known as Yonago Airport or Miho Air Base, is an airport serving Yonago, a city in the Tottori Prefecture of Japan. It is controlled by Japan Air Self-Defense Force and is jointly used by civil aviation, JASDF and Japan Coast Guard.
Japanese and US military use
The airport was built as an Imperial Japanese Army Air Force airfield during World War II, and was attacked by USAAF B-24 Liberator bombers during July 1945. After the war, the airfield was taken over by the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) in Japan. The Royal Australian Air Force No. 5 Airfield Construction Squadron refurbished the airfield, and No. 77 Squadron was stationed at the airfield until 1950.
In December 1950, the United States Air Force 452d Bombardment Wing moved B-26 Invader light bombers to Miho Air Base. They moved to Pusan East (K-9) Air Base, South Korea in May 1951 for combat duty during the Korean War. The only other operational USAF unit to use the airfield was the 17th Bombardment Wing, which also flew B-26s from the field between October 1954 and March 1955 before returning to the United States.
Miho Air Base was used primarily as a radar station by the 618th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron beginning in December 1950, operating defensive radar sites as part of the air defense of Japan until May 1957. The 6135th Support Squadron maintained airfield facilities and a small ground station. The Air Weather Service 15th Weather Squadron also used the airfield, along with transient C-47 Skytrain transports carrying supplies and personnel. USAF units were withdrawn and Miho Air Base was returned to Japanese control in May 1957 as part of a general drawdown of American forces in Japan.
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force has operated a number of transport aircraft from Miho Air Base including Curtiss C-46 Commando (1958), NAMC YS-11s (1969), Kawasaki C-1s (1979) and T-400s (1994).
The Japan Coast Guard established a base at Miho in 1978 and has operated Bell 212, Bell 412 (1996) and AgustaWestland AW139 (2009) helicopters and Bombardier DHC-8 (2011) fixed-wing aircraft there.
A passenger terminal was built at the airport in 1956 and scheduled service to Osaka International Airport began in 1958, followed by Tokyo Haneda Airport in 1964. The airport has also at various times had service to Nagoya (Chubu and Komaki), Sapporo (New Chitose), Kansai International Airport, Fukuoka and Oki.
A runway extension and terminal renovation were completed in 1996, and international service to Incheon International Airport (Seoul) began in 2001.
In summer 2013, the airport accommodated charter flights from Hong Kong on Hong Kong Airlines, bringing tourists to the surrounding San'in region as well as Osaka and Hiroshima. The flights reached load factors of 86.8% and were scheduled to resume in the winter tourist season.
Skymark Airlines has announced that it will begin service from Yonago to Narita and Kobe beginning in December 2013, followed by additional service to Haneda, Sapporo and Okinawa beginning in November 2014.
The airport is connected to various locations by bus. Also, there is a railway line, the Sakai Line, which connects the airport with the Yonago Station and Sakaiminato Station.
Airlines and destinations
35° 29' 32.00" N
133° 14' 11.00" E
|Type||Joint (Civil and Military)|
|Magnetic Variation||007° W (01/06)|
|Operating Agency||MILITARY - CIVIL JOINT USE AIRPORT|
|Island Group||Honshu I|
|Operating Hours||SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS|
Opr 2030-1130Z Mon-Fri, exc hol.
DEP Opr 2200-1200Z, O/T 1 hr PN.
|TWR||Rescue only 123.1x 247.0x.|
|07/25||6560 x 148 feet
1999 x 45 meters
|Type||ID||Name||Channel||Freq||Distance From Field||Bearing From Navaid|
|Oil||O-156, MIL L 23699 (Synthetic Base)Turboprop/Turboshaft Engine|
|Other Fluids||LPHOX, Low pressure oxygen servicing|
LOX, Liquid oxygen servicing
|CAUTION||PJE blw 1500' til 2000Z exc Sat, Sun and hol.|
|JASU||(C-2A), (C-3), (C-4)|
|LGT||PAPI Rwy 07 MEHT 61'; Rwy 25 MEHT 60'. Thld Lgts Rwy 07-25.|
|OPR HOURS||Mil opr H24, Civ opr 2300-1200Z.|
|RSTD||Rwy 07-25 clsd btn 1300-2100Z dly until Aug 06, exc emerg.|
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