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is an
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international airport
located south-southeast of Chitose and
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,
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,
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Japan
, serving the
Sapporo is a city in Japan. It is the largest city north of Tokyo, and the largest city on Hokkaido, the northernmost main island of the country. It is the capital city of Hokkaido, Hokkaido Prefecture and Ishikari Subprefecture. Sapporo lies in the sou ...

Sapporo
metropolitan area. By both traffic and land area, it is the largest airport in Hokkaidō. It is adjacent to
Chitose Air Base , is a Japan Air Self-Defense Force The , JASDF, also informally referred to as the Japanese Air Force, is the air warfare branch of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, responsible for the defense of Japanese airspace and for other aerospace ope ...
, a
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base which houses
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fighter jets, the
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government aircraft and a number of smaller emergency response aircraft and helicopters. Chitose and New Chitose have separate
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runway
s but are interconnected by
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s, and aircraft at either facility can enter the other by ground if permitted; the runways at Chitose are occasionally used to relieve runway closures at New Chitose due to winter weather.
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provides
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air traffic control
for both facilities. As of 2018, New Chitose Airport was the fifth-busiest airport in Japan, and ranked 64th in the world in terms of passengers carried. The Sapporo–Tokyo Haneda route is the second busiest air route in the world, with 9.7 million passengers carried in 2018.


History

New Chitose opened in July 1988 to replace the adjacent
Chitose Airport , is a Japan Air Self-Defense Force base located in Chitose, Hokkaido, Chitose, Hokkaidō, adjacent to New Chitose Airport. It is the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, JASDF's primary base in northern Japan and tasked with monitoring Japan's mariti ...
, a joint-use facility which had served passenger flights since 1963. The airport's
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was originally SPK. This code was later adopted as a city code to refer to both New Chitose and the smaller
Okadama Airport is an airport located in Okadama-chō, Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, north of the city center of Sapporo. Its scheduled airline service is limited to turboprop flights to other cities in Hokkaidō; larger aircraft use New ...
in central Sapporo, which handles commuter flights within
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Hokkaido
. New Chitose became Japan's first 24-hour airport in 1994. Services between 10 PM and 7 AM are currently limited to six flights per day due to noise alleviation concerns. Four of these slots are currently used by passenger flights to Tokyo while the other two are used by cargo flights. New Chitose previously had long-haul service to
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Amsterdam
(
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KLM
, 1997–2002),
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Qantas
, 1992–1998 and 2004–2007) and
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, 1992–2003,
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since 2012). Service to Europe resumed when
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launched a new weekly flight to
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from 15th December 2019. Finnair was the unique company to provide direct and scheduled flights between Sapporo and Europe. International services are mainly for transporting tourists from the rest of Asia and for
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sightseeing
and
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skiing
. The area surrounding gates 0 through 2, on the north end of the main terminal, was a sterile area for international flights until the international terminal opened for service on March 26, 2010. The airport was upgraded with additional private aircraft handling facilities for the
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, held in Hokkaido in 2008. Due to the airport's sharing of air traffic control with Chitose Air Base, daytime civil operations are limited to 32 takeoffs and landings per hour, and operations by certain foreign aircraft (including Chinese and Russian aircraft) are prohibited on Mondays and Thursdays. These restrictions were scheduled to be eased in March 2017. A 2nd terminal is being built roughly doubling the existing terminal and capacity, scheduled to be complete by August 2019. Image:CTS airport diagram.png, Airport diagram before the opening of the International Terminal. Civil flights use the parallel runways to the southeast;
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flights use the parallel runways to the northwest. Image:Shinchitose Airport Terminal Building.JPG, Terminal building Image:Hokkaido New Chitose Airport09s5s4272.jpg, Domestic terminal atrium Image:New_Chitose_Airport_outside_(International).jpg, International terminal Image:New Chitose Airport inside (International).jpg, International departures area Image:New CHITOSE Airport terminal.jpg, Image:JASDF F-15 at Chitose Air Base.jpg,
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at
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(2010)


Statistics


Airlines and destinations

The airport has a semicircular domestic terminal (reminiscent of the semicircular terminals at
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DFW Airport
) with eighteen gates, and a smaller international terminal with six gates. Operating hours for international flights at CTS are restricted by the Japanese government in order to avoid interference with
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operations at the adjacent air base. As of April 2012, international flights are permitted on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 4 pm, and from 5 pm on Friday through 11:59 pm on Sunday.


Passenger


Cargo


Other facilities

The domestic terminal contains a 188-room
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hotel
, the Air Terminal Hote

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operates its Sapporo office on the third floor of the airport building. The airline
Hokkaido Air System , or HAC, is a regional airline that operates scheduled services in Hokkaidō and Aomori Prefecture, Japan from a main base of operations at Okadama Airport in Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Higashi-ku, Sapporo.会社概要
" ''Hokkaido Air System''. Retrieved on May 19, 2009. "本社事務所 : 千歳市美々新千歳空港ターミナルビル内"
Now its head office is on the property of
Okadama Airport is an airport located in Okadama-chō, Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, north of the city center of Sapporo. Its scheduled airline service is limited to turboprop flights to other cities in Hokkaidō; larger aircraft use New ...
in Higashi-ku,
Sapporo is a city in Japan. It is the largest city north of Tokyo, and the largest city on Hokkaido, the northernmost main island of the country. It is the capital city of Hokkaido, Hokkaido Prefecture and Ishikari Subprefecture. Sapporo lies in the sou ...

Sapporo
.会社概要
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Hokkaido Air System , or HAC, is a regional airline that operates scheduled services in Hokkaidō and Aomori Prefecture, Japan from a main base of operations at Okadama Airport in Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Higashi-ku, Sapporo.


Ground transportation


Rail

New Chitose Airport Station is a railway station of Hokkaido Railway Company The is one of the constituent companies of the Japan Railways Group (JR Group), and is often referred to using its official abbreviation of . It operates intercity and local rail services in H ...
is located on a spur off the
Chitose Line The is a railway line in Hokkaido operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido), connecting Numanohata Station, Numanohata, Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Tomakomai and Shiroishi Station (JR Hokkaido), Shiroishi Station in Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo, linki ...
of
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(JR Hokkaido). Rapid service trains operate to and from
Sapporo Station is a railway station in Chūō-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. It is served by Hakodate Main Line and other lines of Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido), and is also connected to the Sapporo Municipal Subway, Subway Sapporo Station (Sapporo M ...
, taking 36–39 minutes and costing ¥1,070.


Bus

*Hokkaidō Chūō Bus/Hokuto Kotsu joint service (Sapporo 4 trips/ h, Oyachi 4 trips/h) *Hokkaidō Chūō Bus (Asabu 1–2 trips/h, Miyanosawa 1–2 trips/h) *Hokuto Kotsu (Apa Hotel & Resort 2 trips/h, Maruyama Park hourly) *Donan Bus (
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1–2 trips/h, Noboribetsu 3 trips/day,
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Muroran
12 trips/day, Hobetsu 2 trips/day, Urakawa 2 trips/day) *Atsuma Bus (
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3 trips/day)


Accidents and incidents

* On August 5, 2011, Philippine Airlines flight 102, a was several hours into its Manila to Los Angeles flight, when it made an emergency landing at Sapporo-Chitose after there were reports of smoke in the cabin. The flight landed safely and none of the 449 passengers and crew were injured. * On February 23, 2016, Japan Airlines Flight 3512, a about to depart Chitose for Fukuoka Airport, was evacuated in the midst of a snowstorm due to smoke in the cabin caused by an engine problem. Three passengers were injured in the evacuation.


References


External links

* {{Portal, Aviation Airports in Hokkaido Airports established in 1988 1988 establishments in Japan Japan Air Self-Defense Force bases