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Gimhae International Airport

Gimhae Gukje Gonghang
Kimhae Kukche Konghang
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Korea Airports Corporation
Location Busan
Hub for Air Busan
Elevation AMSL 6 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 35°10′46″N 128°56′18″E / 35.17944°N 128.93833°E / 35.17944; 128.93833
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18L/36R 2,745 9,007 Asphalt
18R/36L 3,200 10,499 Concrete
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft movements 58,119
Passengers 7,403,262
Sources: World Aero Data
Korea Airports Corporation

Gimhae International Airport (formerly Kimhae International Airport) (IATA: PUS, ICAO: RKPK) is located on the western end of Busan, South Korea. It opened in 1976. A new international terminal opened on October 31, 2007. Gimhae International Airport is the main hub for Air Busan. Runway 18L/36R is used for military purposes only, but due to increasing traffic, there are plans to open the runway for airliners.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Busan Fukuoka, Jeju, Osaka-Kansai, Seoul-Gimpo, Tokyo-Narita
Air China Beijing-Capital, Hangzhou
Asiana Airlines Beijing-Capital, Fukuoka, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Manila, Osaka-Kansai, Saipan, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Weihai
Cebu Pacific Cebu
China Eastern Airlines Shanghai-Pudong
China Southern Airlines Shenyang
Delta Air Lines Tokyo-Narita
Dragonair Hong Kong
Japan Airlines Tokyo-Narita
Jeju Air Jeju
Korean Air Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beijing-Capital, Fukuoka, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Jeju, Manila, Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Kansai, Qingdao, Sapporo-Chitose, Seoul-Gimpo, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Tokyo-Narita, Xi'an [seasonal]
Lufthansa Munich
Philippine Airlines Manila
SAT Airlines Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Shandong Airlines Qingdao
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai-Pudong
Thai Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
TransAsia Airways Taipei-Taoyuan
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
Vladivostok Air Vladivostok
Zest Airways Kalibo

Ground transportation

The Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit line, scheduled to open in 2011, will connect the airport to the Busan Subway network and the city centre of Gimhae.

Incidents and accidents

  • On January 31, 2001: Japan Airlines Flight 958, bound for Narita International Airport from Busan, nearly collided with another Japan Airlines aircraft. The other aircraft, a Boeing 747, suddenly dived and avoided the Narita-bound DC-10. See 2001 Japan Airlines mid-air incident
  • On April 15, 2002, a Boeing 767-200ER jet, operating as Air China Flight 129 from Beijing to Busan, crashed into a hill while trying to land at Gimhae during inclement weather, killing 128 of the 166 people on board.
  • On August 12, 2007, at 9:37 local time, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft, operated by Jeju Air, skidded off the runway at Gimhae International Airport, Busan, injuring 6 people and damaging the aircraft, particularly the left propeller.

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General Info
Country Korea, Republic of
Time UTC+9
Latitude 35.179528
35° 10' 46.30" N
Longitude 128.938222
128° 56' 17.60" E
Elevation 6 feet
2 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 007° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Alternate Name K 1
Near City Busan
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

TWR 118.1
COWBOY OPS 133.825
GND 121.9
DEP 125.5
CLNC DEL 121.8
Opr 2100-1300Z.
ARR 119.2
APP 135.7
Communications Remarks  
OPS (PDM acft)
APP VFR svc avbl prior to 25 NM out. Call 230.1 250.4x
TWR Unable to ctc in W quad byd 17 NM blw 4000'. All acft flying S quad within 10 NM and CTLZ blw 4000' should ctc twr prior to cros for clnc.
ATIS Digital ATIS svc avbl.

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
18R/36L 10499 x 197 feet
3200 x 60 meters
18L/36R 9007 x 150 feet
2745 x 46 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VORTAC PSN BUSAN 087X 114 4.5 NM 325.1
TACAN KHE GIMHAE 117X - At Field -
VOR-DME KMH GIMHAE 085X 113.8 1.2 NM 180.8

Fuel Jet A1+, Jet A1 with icing inhibitor.
AC:115/208v,400 cycle, 3 phase, 37.5kva,0.8pf, 108 amp, 4 wire, DC: 28v, 500 amp, 14kw

15 cfm, 200 psia

A-GEAR Barriers are only in place dur US govt PDM flt act. Barriers may rqr 30 min PN when not already in place 2200-0730Z wkd and longer after hours, wkend, and hol.
CAUTION Stu trng 2330-0800Z. Extv convl and jet trng acft in all quad. Intmt paradroptrng is conducted 22 6.5 NM fr end Rwy 36R. Bird act in vcnty of Kimhae; keep abv 1000' dur lo apch if possible. Apch end MA-1A cable and webbing (in downposn) connected at all times. Possibility of inadvertent MA-1A engagement dur planned BAK-12 engagement by tailhook eqpt acft. After dep Rwy 18L climb rwy hdgand cross dep end of Rwy 18L at or abv 180' AGL. Rwy may have significantly poor BA when wet. See AP/3, Chap 3, KOREA, Supplementary Airport Remarks.
FUEL AV gas, A1, J8, 5 days PPR for more than 1000 gal. Tramp Oil Avn, LTD (82-2729-3729).
JASU 4(MD-3) 7(MC-1A) 7(MC-2A) 8(JET EX-40) avbl gnd eqpt.
LGT PAPI Rwy 18L/R MEHT 58', PAPI Rwy 36L/R MEHT 60'. PAPI Rwy 18L/r unuse byd 2NM fr thld. Cir guidance lgt rgt-side Rwy 18R.
MISC Dangerous cargo acft advs twr IAW AFJI (AIR FORCE JOINT INSTRUCTION) 11-204 prior to ldg. After ldg, all 4 eng prop acft will shutdown outboard eng as soon as practical after clearing rwy. 4 eng turbojet acft will taxi with outboard eng at idle to minimize FOD. Special VFR not auth. AMC msn aircrews ctc the Air Mobility Control Cntr - (AMC Comd Post), call sign BRICKWALL, with arr and dep info. HF fone patch to AMCC thru YOKOTA AWY. Emerg fone nr for all US svc lctd inROKAF Base OPS. Non-PDM acft RON notify ROKAF OPS of crew lctn for emerg notification. Non-AMC acft rqr AMC svc must coord min 48 hr, D 763-3584. Kal ramp lctd on west side of afld btn twy W2 and W3. All KAL related msn must be complete prior to 0730Z. Rotary wing acft must taxi to KAL ramp, do not land directly on ramp and do not directly over fly guard shack adjacent to W3. Ctc Cowboy OPS 10 min prior to ldg. Air Trml and gnd handling svc opr 2230-0730Z wkd. Acft rqr air trml and gnd handling svc are rqr to provide 72 hr PN to HQ AMC TACC and Base OPS. All acft req AMC svc exc Channel acft rqr 72 hr PN. No arm/de-arm/PAX (daylt opr only). The sfc of Rwy 18R-36L is partially grooved. Addn arpt altn name: PUSAN WEST.
RSTD 24 hr PPR all US mil acft exc emerg, ctc Base OPS DSN 787-4313, US mil acft for KAL ramp ctc Cowboy OPS DSN 787-4430/4432 C82-51-979-4430/4432. Lcl rstd max ldg wt 580,000 lb. Rwy 18R/36L clsd 19 Jan til 30 Jun 06 due to const. Portion ofP twy clsd due to const til 30 Jun 06.
TFC PAT Jet 1500', convl 1000', copter 500'. E pat for Rwy 18L-36R not auth.
TRAN ALERT No tran maint. Ltd prk spaces.

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