Southwest Cay incident (1975)
Johnson South Reef skirmish (1988)

Military occupations

This is a list of airports in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.


Location Occupied by Name Code Built Length Notes
Taiping Island Taiwan Taiping Island Airport RCSP 2007 1,200 m (est.) Military use only. No refueling facilities. [1]
Swallow Reef Malaysia Layang-Layang Airport LAC 1995 1,367 m Dual-use concrete airport.
Fiery Cross Reef China Yongshu Airport AG 4553 2016 3,300 m (est.) Dual-use concrete airport.
Subi Reef China Zhubi Airport 2016 3,300 m (est.) Dual-use concrete airport.
Mischief Reef China Meiji Airport 2016 2,700 m (est.) Dual-use concrete airport.
Thitu Island (Pag-asa) Philippines Rancudo Airfield RPPN 1975 1,300 m (est.) Concrete.[2]
Spratly Island (Trường Sa) Vietnam Trường Sa Airport 1976-77 1,200 m (est.)[3] Military use only. Extended from 600m to 1,200m in 2016.[3]


Map of South China Sea with the locations of
Taiping(Itu Aba)
(Itu Aba)
Layang-Layang (Swallow)
Layang-Layang (Swallow)
Yongshu (Fiery Cross)
Yongshu (Fiery Cross)
Pagasa (Thitu)
Pagasa (Thitu)
Trường Sa (Spratly)
Trường Sa (Spratly)
Location of Airports


  1. ^ The Taiping Island Airport was completed in December 2007, ("MND admits strategic value of Spratly airstrip." Taipei Times. 6 January 2006. p. 2 (MND is the ROC Ministry of National Defense)), and a C-130 Hercules transporter airplane first landed on the island on 21 January 2008.
  2. ^ Bong Lozada (18 June 2014). "Air Force to repair Pagasa Island airstrip". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2016-12-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Vietnam Responds". Center for Strategic and International Studies. 2016-12-01. Retrieved 2016-12-26. 

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