Minami-Daito Airport

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Minami-Daito Airport
南大東空港
Minamidaitō Kūkō
Minami Daito ap.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Okinawa Prefecture
Location Minami Daito, Okinawa, Japan
Elevation AMSL 159 ft / 48 m
Coordinates 25°50′48″N 131°15′49″E / 25.84667°N 131.26361°E / 25.84667; 131.26361Coordinates: 25°50′48″N 131°15′49″E / 25.84667°N 131.26361°E / 25.84667; 131.26361
Map
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 1,500 4,921 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 42,444
Cargo (metric tonnes) 224
Aircraft movement 1,584

Minamidaito Airport (南大東空港, Minamidaitō Kūkō, (IATA: MMD, ICAO: ROMD)) is an airport in Minamidaitō, Shimajiri District, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.

The prefecture operates the airport, which is classified as a third class airport.

Only a round flight from Naha, to Minami-Daito and Kitadaitō, back to Naha is operated every day. The route differs on the day of the week. Flight from Kitadaito to Minamidaitō is the shortest flight in Japan, costs JPY¥7,600, and is only 12 km (7.5 mi) long, takes 3 minutes in the air.

History

The original Minamidaito Airport began as an air base for the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1934. The first civilian operations began in March 1961. The runway was repaired in June 1963 and expanded to 1,200 meters in December 1968 in order to accommodate NAMC YS-11 aircraft. However, with the reversion of the island to Japanese control in 1972, it was found that the approach way was not in conformance with Japanese Aviation Law, so the runway needed to be treated as shorter than its actual length. A new 800 meter runway was completed in August 1974.

The airport was relocated to its present location and upgraded to accommodate larger flights in July 1997 with the present 1500 meter runway.

Airlines

Airlines Destinations
Japan Transocean Air operated by Ryukyu Air Commuter Kitadaito, Naha

References

  1. ^ "Minami Daito Airport" (PDF). Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2017.

External links

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