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User currently offlinealgoyene From Japan, joined Feb 2010, 2 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 5492 times:

Good day to all. I was surprised to realize that there wasn’t a consistent thread dealing with the Japanese Civil Aviation Industry. I checked as best as I could to determine if this thread might be repeated or already posted.

So, having checked and noting that there isn’t an official thread of the Japanese Civil Aviation Industry, I would like to start this thread so that among all the members of this great community, we can construct interesting facts.

So, perhaps a good start would be to familiarize ourselves with most of the airports that are in Japan and some of the most representative airlines currently operating in Japan with their respective codes (ICAO and IATA).

I do not pretend to make this the “ultimate” or most complete list, but rather, a starting point for all of us to reference and discuss Japanese Civil Aviation matters. I also want to state clearly that this first post is an excerpt from Wikipedia concerning Japanese Airports. You can go to their site directly to learn more about Japanese Airports.

I post the most relevant information only with the purpose of having at hand the information about Japanese Airports at hand. All the information belongs to their proper owners.

AIRPORTS, CATEGORIES & CODES

According to sources, Japanese Airports are classified according to function. Up to now, there are 4 classifications.

- Hub airports (拠点空港) serve a hub role in domestic or international transportation. They are subdivided into privately-managed airports (the three largest international airports), national airports (run by the central government) and special regional airports (hubs run by prefectural or municipal governments).
- Regional airports (地方管理空港) are other prefectural/municipal airports that the central government deems important to national aviation.
- Joint-use airports (共用空港) are those shared between civil aviation and the Japan Self-Defense Forces.
- Other airports (その他の空港) fall outside the above categories.

Hub Airports ICAO IATA

Kansai International Airport RJBB KIX
Narita International Airport RJAA NRT
Chubu International Airport (Centrair) RJGG NGO
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) RJTT HND
Osaka International Airport (Itami) RJOO ITM

Regional Airports

Akita Airport RJSK AXT
Asahikawa Airport RJEC AKJ
New Chitose Airport RJCC CTS
Fukuoka Airport RJFF FUK
Hakodate Airport RJCH HKD
Yamagata Airport RJSC GAJ
Kagoshima Airport RJFK KOJ
Kitakyushu Airport RJFR KKJ
Oita Airport RJFO OIT
Kushiro Airport RJCK KUH
Kumamoto Airport RJFT KMJ
Matsuyama Airport RJOM MYJ
Hiroshima Airport RJOA HIJ
Miyazaki Airport RJFM KMI
Naha Airport ROAH OKA
Kochi Ryoma Airport RJOK KCZ
Sendai Airport RJSS SDJ
Niigata Airport RJSN KIJ
Tokachi-Obihiro Airport (Obihiro) RJCB OBO
Nagasaki Airport RJFU NGS
Takamatsu Airport RJOT TAK
Yamaguchi Ube Airport RJDC UBJ
Wakkanai Airport RJCW WKJ
Yao Airport RJOY

Joint Used Airports

Aguni Airport RORA AGJ
Amami Airport RJKA ASJ
Aomori Airport RJSA AOJ
Goto-Fukue Airport RJFE FUJ
Hachijojima Airport RJTH HAC
Hanamaki Airport RJSI HNA
Fukui Airport RJNF FKJ
Izumo Airport RJOC IZO
Iejima Airport RORE IEJ
Iki Airport RJDB IKI
Ishigaki Airport ROIG ISG
Oshima Airport RJTO OIM
Saga Airport RJFS HSG
Kikai Airport RJKI KKX
Odate-Noshiro Airport RJSR ONJ
Kitadaito Airport RORK KTD
Kobe Airport RJBE UKB
Kozushima Airport RJAZ
Kumejima Airport ROKJ UEO
Shizuoka Airport RJNS FSZ
Iwami Airport RJOW IWJ
Matsumoto Airport RJAF MMJ
Memanbetsu Airport RJCM MMB
Minami-Daito Airport (New Minamidaito) ROMD MMD
Shimojishima Airport RORS SHI
Miyako Airport ROMY MMY
Miyakejima Airport RJTQ MYE
Monbetsu Airport (Okhotsk-Monbetsu) RJEB MBE
Nakashibetsu Airport RJCN SHB
Niijima Airport RJAN
Ojika Airport (Nagasaki Ojika) RJDO
Okayama Airport RJOB OKJ
Oki Airport RJNO OKI
Okushiri Airport RJEO OIR
Rebun Airport RJCR RBJ
Rishiri Airport RJER RIS
Sado Airport RJSD SDS
Shonai Airport RJSY SYO
Kamigoto Airport RJDK
Nanki-Shirahama Airport RJBD SHM
Hateruma Airport RORH HTR
Fukushima Airport RJSF FKS
New Tanegashima Airport RJFG TNE
Tarama Airport RORT TRA
Tokunoshima Airport RJKN TKN
Tottori Airport RJOR TTJ
Toyama Airport RJNT TOY
Tsushima Airport RJDT TSJ
Okinoerabu Airport RJKB OKE
Noto Airport RJNW NTQ
Yakushima Airport RJFC KUM
Yonaguni Airport ROYN OGN
Yoron Airport RORY RNJ
Kerama Airport ROKR KJP

Other Airports

Amakusa Airfield RJDA
Oitakenou Airport ROIT
Chofu Airport RJTF
Hiroshima-Nishi Airport RJBH HIW
Komatsu Airport RJNK KMQ
Makurazaki Airport
Tokushima Airport RJOS TKS
Minami Torishima Airport RJAM MUS
Misawa Airport / Misawa Air Base (USAF) RJSM MSJ
Nagoya Airfield / Komaki Air Base (JASDF) RJNA NKM
Kohnan Airport (Kounan) RJBK
Honda Airport
Okadama Airport (Sapporo Okadama) RJCO OKD
Teshikaga Airport
Tajima Airport RJBT TJH
Miho-Yonago Airport RJOH YGJ

Military Airports

Asahikawa Air Field (JGSDF) RJCA
Ashiya Air Field (JASDF) RJFA
NAF Atsugi (US Navy / JMSDF) RJTA NJA
Chitose Air Base (JASDF) RJCJ
Yokota Air Base (US Air Force) RJTY OKO
Gifu Air Field (JASDF) RJNG
MCAS Futenma (US Marine Corps) ROTM
Hachinohe Air Base (JMSDF) RJSH
Hamamatsu Air Base (JASDF) RJNH
Hofu Air Field (JASDF) RJOF
Iruma Air Base (JASDF) RJTJ
Akeno Air Field (JGSDF) RJOE
MCAS Iwakuni (US Marine Corps) RJOI
Metabaru Air Field (JGSDF) RJDM
Kanoya Air Field (JMSDF) RJFY
Kasaoka Airfield
Kasumigaura Air Field (JGSDF) RJAK
Kisarazu Air Field (JGSDF) RJTK
Matsushima Air Field (JASDF) RJST
Tokachi Airfield (JGSDF) (formerly Obihiro Airport)[3] RJCT
North Field (Iwo Jima Air Base) RJAW IWO
Kadena Air Base (USAF) RODN DNA
Hyakuri Airfield (JASDF) RJAH
Kasuminome Air Field (JGSDF) RJSU
Shimofusa Air Base (JMSDF) RJTL
Ozuki Air Field (JMSDF) RJOZ
Nyutabaru Air Base (JASDF) RJFN
Tachikawa Airfield RJTC
Tateyama Air Field (JMSDF) RTJE
Tsuiki Air Field (JASDF) RJFZ
Utsunomiya Air Field (JGSDF) RJOE
Shizuhama Air Base (JASDF) RJNY
New Ishigaki Airport (under construction)
Ibaraki Airport

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User currently offlinecarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2952 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5241 times:

Well, you compiled a good list of all the airfields in Japan.
From your post, I cannnot decide on what you want to discuss.

For example, does Japan have too many airports?
The answer will certainly be yes. Some airports like Iwami, Shizuoka, & Noto should never have been built. Some big headed politician wanted an airport in his backyard to prop-up local construction companies.

Another good discussion is the fact that the Ministry of Transport keeps down the number of slots, particularly at HND & NRT to protect JL & NH.
Answer to some degree is yes. More flights whether they be foreign legacy, domestic LCC or int'l LCCs would have detrimental affect on JL & NH.

Ibaraki Airport and Hyrakuri Air Base is the same place as is Chitose Air Base and New Chitose Airport.


User currently offlinejgw787 From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 208 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5236 times:

Maybe we could compare and contrast the Jpn aviation industry to other countries industry.

User currently offlinecarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2952 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5132 times:

Quoting jgw787 (Reply 2):

By far one of the most protective markets as there are very few Open Skies treaties with other countries.
Some of the countries that I can name off-hand are: US, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong? I know I am missing more. Some of the Open Skies treaties specifically exempt the two Tokyo airports.

Not to mention Japanese aviation itself is a high cost industry compared to other developed countries.


User currently offlinealgoyene From Japan, joined Feb 2010, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4983 times:

Thanks to everyone that replied. Perhaps the title is a bit vague, but the issue here is to start compiling general subjects that span as much as possible the reality of aviation in Japan.

Perhaps it’s not the best approach for some of the posters or readers, but it’s better than anything.

So, we started a thread, and that thread starts talking about whether there are many airports in Japan or not.

In my opinion, that is a definite yes, and the reason of my answer to that question is because there are great airports within an hour or at max 2 hours of distance from any home in Japan.

In my case, I live in Nagoya and I am lucky enough to have Chubu Centrair near to me. If the number of flights, operators and destinations served from this great airport is not enough, I can simply hop into the train and go to Kansai and have other destinations at my discretion.

By the way, Kansai Area is crazy. 3 airports within 40 kms distance among each other?

So, indeed, too many airports in such a small country. What I have learned from the Japanese that are interested in these kinds of subjects about aviation is that politicians use airport building as mean to get more followers and thus get elected. But that is such a dumb way to waste the taxpayer’s money.


User currently offlineHNLPointShoot From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4967 times:

Quoting algoyene (Reply 4):
By the way, Kansai Area is crazy. 3 airports within 40 kms distance among each other?

So it's just like New York City?   


User currently offlinecarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2952 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4876 times:

Quoting HNLPointShoot (Reply 5):
So it's just like New York City?

Except Kobe-Osaka is no New York City.  

Well in hindsight, the current Kansai Airport should have been built where Kobe Airport currently exists.
Did you even know the voters in Kobe turndown the proposal to build Kobe Airport, yet the authorities built it anyways.
Then again, many people, on this site as well, complain that airports and runways aren't built fast enough, but in the Kansai-region there are three airports and five runways. If ever the Kansai economy takes-off there will be ample airport capacity, which is no bad thing.


User currently offlinecarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2952 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4678 times:

Just found out that starting this fall, NRT's two parallel runways will finally be doing independent departures and arrivals.
Just goes to show the extremely conservative attitude in regards to increasing traffic at any of the Tokyo airports.


User currently offlineizbtmnhd From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4513 times:

Quoting carpethead (Reply 6):

Carpethead, I agree with ya that Osaka is no NYC but the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area has more people than, say, London so I don't think it's ridiculous that the area has three aiports, it's just that they are utilizied rather strangely. Of course, you could say that about most airports in Japan! 

Case in point:

Quoting carpethead (Reply 7):


User currently offlineizbtmnhd From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4424 times:

Quoting carpethead (Reply 3):

Speaking of OpenSkies, NH and UA/CO began their joint venture between the U.S. and Japan on April 1st.


User currently offlinecarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2952 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4317 times:

Quoting izbtmnhd (Reply 9):
Speaking of OpenSkies, NH and UA/CO began their joint venture between the U.S. and Japan on April 1st.

Other than a few tweaking of the schedule, no new routes or increased frequencies.
Of course, we did have a major incident here but there were no new services planned at least in the short term.


User currently offlinecentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4244 times:

Talk about new service....
Well.. not necessarily new but something I didn't expect

US carrier DELTA AIR LINES is to operate a seasonal Honolulu – Nagoya service,between 15JUL11 and 24SEP11. The flight will be operated with a Boeing 767-300ER.

Schedule:

DL611 HNL1230 – 1620+1NGO 767 D
DL612 NGO1935 – 0845HNL 767 D 15JUL11-25SEP11

Source: Airline Route
(Routes online)
So basically they are running this route almost year round except for May, June, October, & November. The first week in May is a big travel time but the rest of these are dead times.



Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
User currently offlinenaritaflyer From Japan, joined Apr 2006, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4183 times:

Quoting carpethead (Reply 6):
Except Kobe-Osaka is no New York City.

That's right, the Kobe-Osaka,-Kyoto-Nara area has more people than New York City. However, I think that the Kobe airport was ill advised. From that airport you can see Kansai airport across the bay.

As a suggestion for tis thread perhaps we can also discuss the impact on tourism. Are the Japanese less likely or as likely to go on with their usual summer vacation plans?


User currently offlinemogandoCI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4133 times:

Quoting naritaflyer (Reply 12):

That's right, the Kobe-Osaka,-Kyoto-Nara area has more people than New York City. However, I think that the Kobe airport was ill advised. From that airport you can see Kansai airport across the bay.

NYC metropolitan is 18-22 mil,


User currently offlinenaritaflyer From Japan, joined Apr 2006, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4102 times:

Quoting mogandoCI (Reply 13):
NYC metropolitan is 18-22 mil,

Kobe(hyogo)-Osaka-Kyoto-Nara is 20 million.

Here is the source:

http://citypopulation.de/Japan-Osaka.html

[Edited 2011-04-04 12:07:40]

User currently offlinemozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2168 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4049 times:

There was a mentioning of "Airlines" in the title. I would be very interested in that particular aspect.

Could you draw up a quick overview of Japan's airlines, a sentence on what they are (something like "up-and-coming LCC with hub in XXX and aggressive growth plans because of 37 Airbus Axxx on order"), their hubs.

Related to that, how is ANA doing these days? They do not seem to have taken over many of the ex-JAL international routes. I am actually surprised how small ANA's international network is. Only four destinations in Europe and 5 (+HNL) in USA with only one daily flight each, nothing in Australia or the Middle East, only sparse coverage of India, an unimpressive network in East Asia and SEA... I do understand that JAL had some white elephants in its network which eventually accelerated its downfall, but there should be more potential from a market as big as Japan?


Have they taken over more JAL market share domestically?


User currently offlineha763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3655 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4032 times:
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Quoting mozart (Reply 15):

Have they taken over more JAL market share domestically?

ANA and JAL have been close in market share since the merger of JAL and JAS. ANA is the bigger domestic carrier and has always carried a few million more domestic pax every year since the merger. The final numbers for the fiscal year have not come out yet, but it looks like ANA will carry around 8 million more pax domestically. This isn't really surprising since JAL's restructuring has cut flights.

Internationally, JAL is still bigger, even with the cuts, and it looks like they will carry about twice as much pax than ANA.


User currently offlinecentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3902 times:

Recently have been seeing quite a few commercials for Fuji Dream. Since Shizouka is pretty much a flop, they have started using their secondary locations like Komatsu to expand.

Also of note, Skymark has been diversifying by adding NGO and connecting it to HND and CTS. It will be interesting to see how Skymark works after they expand internationally.



Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
User currently offlineSurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2862 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3801 times:

Anyone traveled to or through Japan lately? I'm curious to know what the big airports like NRT, KIX, and HND are like these days. Airlines keep scaling back flights...are they becoming ghost towns?


Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
User currently offlinecarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2952 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3736 times:

Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 18):
Airlines keep scaling back flights...are they becoming ghost towns?

I am not quite sure where you get the information that these major airports are ghost towns. Bad PR, rumors, exaggerated media reports, or false info.
Although I, personally haven't been to any one the airports since the incident, it is business almost as usual.
Sure some foreign airlines have culled some flights but none of the Japanese carriers have cancelled any route. If anything some of the domestic runs are being upgauged plus additional flights added to destinations where the trains (Shinkansen in particular) aren't running.
In fact, JL has postponed the phase out of the A300 because of the added demand on certain routes.

Quoting mozart (Reply 15):
Related to that, how is ANA doing these days? They do not seem to have taken over many of the ex-JAL international routes. I am actually surprised how small ANA's international network is. Only four destinations in Europe and 5 (+HNL) in USA with only one daily flight each, nothing in Australia or the Middle East, only sparse coverage of India, an unimpressive network in East Asia and SEA... I do understand that JAL had some white elephants in its network which eventually accelerated its downfall, but there should be more potential from a market as big as Japan?

They only fly to places where they can make a profit. They are no longer flying to int'l destinations for prestige. With ANA being part of the Star Alliance network, they can fly passengers to hubs like BKK or SIN and let TG & SQ, respectively, do the rest.

Quoting centrair (Reply 17):
Since Shizouka is pretty much a flop, they have started using their secondary locations like Komatsu to expand.

They have pretty much expanded to territories where JAL had once operated. Like Fukuoka-Nagoya Komaki, Fukuoka-Matsumoto, etc.


User currently offlineTomassjc From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 864 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3725 times:
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[quote=SurfandSnow,reply=18]Airlines keep scaling back flights...are they becoming ghost towns?[/quote

I'm curious also. Although I'm not too sure how much domestic traffic has been affected by the situation on the northeast coast. Can anyone answer? I had a friend travel SFO-HND-KMI (Miyazaki..in the south) on JAL and said the flights were fairly full.

Tom in SJC



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User currently offlinegocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4339 posts, RR: 21
Reply 21, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3638 times:

Quoting Tomassjc (Reply 20):
Although I'm not too sure how much domestic traffic has been affected by the situation on the northeast coast.

Can't say much, but JAL added nearly hourly service from Tokyo-Narita to Yamagata City since Sendai (RJSS) is still closed. Flights up there are fairly full during the past two weeks. I booked my wife's flight to Yamagata 2 weeks ago and seats were limited on most days. I believe same applies to Akita, Aomori, and Misawa Airports but without additional flights since those were not affected that much.


User currently offlineCessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3606 times:

Personally I am a big fan of the Fukuoka airport, having lived in Fukuoka for several years, I got to know it quite well. I used to see JAL nonstop service from there to Honolulu, and that has since been removed. They have a beautiful international terminal, and used to get PDX-FUK on Delta before 9-11. Would love to see some kind of west coast US service to that city in the near future...there's a demand for it, lots of us "westerners" live in that city and hate having to go through Tokyo or Osaka all the time, and for me, I don't have the extra 2k sitting in my walled to fly Continental Micronesia from FUK-GUM and then GUM-HNL and then connecting from there to the mainland. If Nagoya gets service from the US, then Fukuoka should get it too, it's a great place to visit and do business.


Save the whales...for dinner!!!
User currently offlinecarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2952 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3553 times:

Until traffic numbers for March are released, it will be hard to see what kind of traffic NH & JL are carrying. (They just released numbers for February.)

Quoting Cessna172RG (Reply 22):

Unfortunately, there are enough FUK-NRT flights these days that FUK, being in the western most part of Japan, will probably never see a scheduled flight to the US (except Guam). Also remember there is also the defacto hub called ICN nearby too.


User currently offlinecarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2952 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (3 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3441 times:

Well for good news, Sendai Airport is set to re-open to commercial traffic on April 13. However the schedule is rather limited to only a few flights to Tokyo Haneda and Osaka Itami.
It will still be awhile until a more regular schedule can be flown but at least a step in the right direction.


25 Cessna172RG : I thought there were only four FUK-NRT round trips per day the last time I checked... Two roundtrips on ANK via 737-500 and two on JAL. Compare that t
26 gocaps16 : I wonder if general aviation will be allowed into RJSS as I have a cross country flight there next month.
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