Tokushima Airport

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Tokushima Awaodori Airport


Tokushima Awa-odori Kūkō
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Airport typeMilitary/Public
Owner Japan Self-Defense Force/Government
OperatorNaval Ensign of Japan.svg  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Flag of JSDF.svg  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
ServesTokushima, Japan
Elevation  AMSL 37 ft / 11 m
Coordinates 34°07′56″N134°36′33″E / 34.13222°N 134.60917°E / 34.13222; 134.60917
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Location in Japan
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RJOS (Japan)
Direction LengthSurface
11/292,5008,202 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2015)
Cargo (metric tonnes)2,258
Aircraft movement10,732

Tokushima Awaodori Airport (徳島阿波おどり空港, Tokushima Awa-odori kūkō)( IATA : TKS, ICAO : RJOS) is a joint civil-military public airport in Matsushige, Tokushima, Japan, near the city of Tokushima.


In addition to scheduled passenger operations, the airport is the base of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Tokushima Air Training Group of 202nd Naval Air Training Squadron equipped with Beechcraft TC-90. There are also UH-60J Search and Rescue aircraft of one flight which detached from JMSDF 72 Squadron. As a result, it is the busiest airport in Shikoku by aircraft operations, with around 15,000 takeoffs and landings each year. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force established the 14 Squadron flying at least two Fuji UH-1J and one Kawasaki OH-6D by mid-April 2010 at the airport.


Aerial view of Tokushima Airport Tokushima Airport (TKS-RJOS).jpg
Aerial view of Tokushima Airport

Tokushima Airport opened as an Imperial Japanese Navy air base in 1941 but Japan Air Transport opened a seaplane facility in Tokushima in 1922. [2]

The current runway was completed in 1987; it was extended to 2,500 m (8,202 ft), with projected completion in 2010. [3]

The airport has had scheduled service to Kagoshima (1997–98), Kansai (briefly in 2000), and Osaka/Itami (until 2003). There are 12 scheduled flights per day.

On April 13, 2006, Skymark Airlines discontinued its flights to Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) leaving Japan Airlines as the sole carrier to Tokyo. In response to Skymark's exit, Japan Airlines increased the number of flights between the two cities. Since Tokyo-Haneda opened its fourth runway, All Nippon Airways announced the resumption of service to Tokyo.

A new passenger terminal opened in the first quarter of 2010.

An international terminal facility with a dedicated boarding bridge and waiting area opened in January 2018, mainly to accommodate charter flights from China. [4]

ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd. maintains a plant (primarily aircraft modification and refurbishment) at the airport. The plant also provides components for the Gulfstream G550 [GV-SP] and Kawasaki P-1.

Airlines and destinations

All Nippon Airways Tokyo–Haneda
J-Air Fukuoka
Japan Airlines Tokyo–Haneda


Annual passenger traffic at TKS airport. See Wikidata query.

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