Naha Airport

Naha Airport (那覇空港, Naha Kūkō) (IATA: OKA, ICAO: ROAH) is a second class airport located 4 km (2.5 mi) west of the city hall[2] in Naha, Okinawa. It is Japan's seventh busiest airport and the primary air terminal for passengers and cargo traveling to and from Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, and handles scheduled international traffic to Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and mainland China. The airport is also home to Naha Air Base of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

Naha Airport


Naha Kūkō
Airport typePublic
OperatorMinistry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
ServesNaha, Okinawa, Japan
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL11 ft / 3 m
Coordinates26°11′45″N 127°38′45″E
Location in Japan
OKA (Japan)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,000 9,843 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Cargo (metric tonnes)399,764
Aircraft movement156,245

Naha Airport served 17.5 million passengers in 2014, an increase of roughly 3 million passengers in two years.


Oroku Aerodrome (小禄飛行場), an Imperial Japanese Navy airfield, opened in 1933. The base was taken over by the United States in 1945 and was renamed Naha Airport (那覇飛行場). Pan American World Airways and Northwest Orient began service to Naha in 1947.

The airport was closed for refurbishment between 1952 and 1954. Japan Airlines began service to Okinawa during this time and initially used Kadena Air Base.

Air America operated interisland flights to Miyako and Ishigaki from 1964 to 1967, when Southwest Airlines (now Japan Transocean Air) took over these routes.

Okinawa was returned to Japan in 1972. In 1982, Naha Airport was transferred from US military control to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

The airport was a popular connecting point between Taipei and Shanghai prior to the opening of nonstop cross-Strait flights between mainland China and Taiwan.

The basic and detailed design engineering works in addition to the later construction management phase of the main passenger terminal were awarded in the 1990s in part to the Japan Branch of the American design-build engineering company, The Austin Company, which joined Japanese firms in a joint venture design consortium.

Peach, a low-cost carrier based at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, announced that it would establish its second hub at Naha in July 2014, which would initially have flights to Osaka, Fukuoka, Ishigaki and Taipei.[3] ANA Holdings, the parent company of both Peach and Vanilla Air, opened a new LCC terminal in a refurbished portion of the airport's cargo area in October 2012, and plans to open new international facilities in October 2014.[4]


The airport has been undergoing major development projects that will continue to transform the airport:

  • In 2008, the government agreed to significantly expand the domestic terminal, which will require the relocation of cargo facilities and the international terminal.
  • The construction of a second 2,700m parallel runway began on March 1, 2014 (expected completion in 2020), on 160 hectares of reclaimed land.[5]
  • The new international terminal opened in February 2014. The international terminal is again being expanded and will grow by 3000m2 in November 2016. A new building connecting the domestic and international terminals is due to be completed in 2020 along with the 2nd runway.[6]
  • A LCCT terminal has been in operation since 2012.
  • In addition, a 6 lane under bay tunnel for auto transport linking the airport with the Naha Port boosting the utility of the intermodal facility was completed in 2011. This tunnel will also link a 2.6 hectare Free Trade Zone near the Airport with another 122 hectare FTZ located at Nakagusuku Bay.


  • Domestic Terminal (1999) - replaced former domestic terminal, extended to include LCCT, other extensions works to conclude in 2016.
  • Cargo Terminal (2009) - Former domestic terminal became the cargo terminal
  • LCCT Terminal (2012) - north annex of domestic terminal (Peach Domestic & International and Vanilla Air only).
  • New International Terminal (2014) - replaced old international terminal

Airlines and destinations


AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur–International, Taipei–Taoyuan (both begin 22 January 2020)[7]
Air China Beijing–Capital, Chongqing (begins 27 December 2019),[8] Tianjin
All Nippon Airways Hiroshima, Iwakuni, Kumamoto, Matsuyama, Miyako, Nagasaki, Nagoya–Centrair, Osaka–Itami, Sendai, Shizuoka, Takamatsu, Tokyo–Haneda
Seasonal: Niigata, Sapporo–Chitose
All Nippon Airways
operated by ANA Wings
Fukuoka, Ishigaki, Kitakyushu, Miyako
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon
Beijing Capital Airlines Hangzhou[9]
Cathay Dragon Hong Kong
China Airlines Kaohsiung, Taipei–Taoyuan
China Eastern Airlines Hangzhou, Shanghai–Pudong, Xi'an
Eastar Jet Seoul–Incheon[10]
EVA Air Taipei–Taoyuan
HK Express Hong Kong
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong
Japan Airlines Osaka–Itami, Tokyo–Haneda
Japan Airlines
operated by Japan Transocean Air
Fukuoka, Ishigaki, Komatsu, Kumejima, Miyako, Nagoya–Centrair, Okayama, Okinoerabu, Osaka–Kansai
Japan Transocean Air
operated by Ryukyu Air Commuter
Amami Oshima, Ishigaki, Kitadaito, Kumejima, Minamidaito, Yonaguni, Yoron
Seasonal: Miyako
Jeju Air Seoul–Incheon
Jetstar Asia Airways Singapore
Jetstar Japan Nagoya–Centrair, Osaka–Kansai, Tokyo–Narita
Jin Air Busan, Seoul–Incheon
Juneyao Airlines Nanjing,[11] Shanghai–Pudong
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
Mandarin Airlines Taichung
Peach Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Fukuoka, Hong Kong, Kaohsiung,[12] Osaka–Kansai, Seoul–Incheon (suspended from 28 January 2020 to 22 February 2020),[13] Taipei–Taoyuan
Skymark Airlines Fukuoka, Ibaraki, Kobe, Nagoya–Centrair, Tokyo–Haneda
Solaseed Air Kagoshima, Kobe, Miyazaki, Nagoya–Centrair
StarFlyer Kitakyushu
Tigerair Taiwan Kaohsiung,[14] Taipei–Taoyuan
T'way Airlines Daegu, Seoul–Incheon

Cargo service

All Nippon Airways operates an overnight cargo hub at Naha Airport, which receives inbound Boeing 767 freighter flights from key destinations in Japan, China and Southeast Asia between 1 and 4 a.m., followed by return flights between 4 and 6 a.m., allowing overnight service between these regional hubs as well as onward connections to other ANA and partner carrier flights.[15]

The hub began operations in 2009; by 2013 it served eight cities, and ANA had chartered a Nippon Cargo Airlines Boeing 747 freighter to handle demand on the trunk route from Narita International Airport.[16]

Accidents and incidents

  • On December 11, 1994, Ramzi Yousef planted a bomb on Philippine Airlines Flight 434, which exploded while the flight was en route from Cebu to Tokyo, killing one passenger and injuring ten other passengers. The plane made an emergency landing at Naha Airport safely.
  • On August 20, 2007, China Airlines Flight 120, a Boeing 737-800, was taxiing to the ramp after landing when suddenly a fire started beneath the right wing, quickly engulfing the entire plane. All passengers and crew members were evacuated safely. Investigations later revealed that part of the slat drive mechanism pierced the fuel tank, and the leaking fuel ignited when it came into contact with hot engine parts.
  • On June 3, 2015, an All Nippon Airways Boeing 737 bound for Sapporo aborted takeoff at Naha after a JASDF CH-47 Chinook helicopter crossed its departure path without clearance. An inbound Japan Transocean Air flight landed on the same runway, stopping 400 meters behind the ANA aircraft, despite an air traffic control order to go around, which the JTA pilot claimed to have received after landing.[17]


The airport is served by the Okinawa Urban Monorail (Yui Rail) which carries passengers from Naha Airport Station to the center of Naha, and to the terminal at Tedako-Uranishi Station in Urasoe. Bus service is also available to many parts of Okinawa Island.


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