Nagoya Airport (Japanese: 名古屋飛行場 Nagoya Hikōjō) is a minor airport in the cities of Toyoyama, Komaki and Kasugai, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, serving Nagoya. It is sometimes referred to as Komaki Airport. Since Februrary 17, 2005 (the opening date of the major Chubu Centrair International Airport), its new IATA Airport Code is NKM and ICAO Airport Code is RJNA. Under Japanese law it has been relegated to a third class airport.

It is the main hub for J-Air, a regional jet subsidiary of Japan Air Lines Domestic. J-Air is the only one airline that offers scheduled transport service here.

The Japan Self-Defence Forces also use the airport as Japan Air Self-Defence Force Komaki Base.

Nagoya Airport - Airlines and destinations

J-AIR- (Akita, Kochi, Matsuyama, Niigata, Obihiro, Yamagata)

Nagoya Airport History

Nagoya Airport served as the main airport for Nagoya until it was replaced by Chubu Centrair International Airport on February 17, 2005. Its IATA Airport Code used to be NGO (now overtaken by the new airport), and its ICAO Airport Code used to be RJNN. It used to be classified as a second class airport.

It was actually opened in 1944 as a military airport.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, Nagoya Airport was a busy international airport because of overflow from Japan's other international airports, New Tokyo International Airport (now Narita International Airport) near Tokyo and Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport) near Osaka. Since the opening of Kansai International Airport in 1994, the airport's main traffic source has been the nearby automotive industry, causing carriers such as United Airlines and Delta Air Lines to stop flying to Nagoya. Some discount holiday flights still operated from Nagoya, drawing passengers from the Kansai region. On the other hand, the cargo handling capacity of Nagoya Airport was not enough to satisfy the demands from the regional economy and the demands eroded to Narita and Kansai. In addition, the airport is also hampered by its location in a residential area of Aichi Prefecture, limiting the number of flights that can use the airport, as well as the hours in which they can fly.

Because of these, a new airport, Chubu Centrair International Airport, was built on an island south of Nagoya. All of Nagoya Airport's commercial transport flights (except for flights operated by J-AIR) moved to Centrair on February 17, 2005 and the old airport then became a general aviation and airbase facility. [1]

Nagoya Airport Events

On 26 April 1994, an Airbus A300B4-622R jet operating as China Airlines flight 140 (B-1816) from Taipei to Nagoya crashed onto a runway while trying to land, killing 264 of the 271 people on board, making it the second deadliest crash on Japanese soil.

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