Tokushima Airport

Tokushima Awaodori Airport
Tokushima Awa-odori Kūkō
Airport type Military/Public
Owner Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force/Government
Operator Ministry of Defense
Serves Tokushima, Japan
Elevation AMSL 37 ft / 11 m
Coordinates 34°07′56″N 134°36′33″E / 34.13222°N 134.60917°E / 34.13222; 134.60917Coordinates: 34°07′56″N 134°36′33″E / 34.13222°N 134.60917°E / 34.13222; 134.60917

Location in Japan

Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,500 8,202 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 1,013,658
Cargo (metric tonnes) 2,215
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan[1]
Osaka Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Civil Aviation Bureau [2]

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 202 Air Training Squadron equipped with Beechcraft TC-90 and UH-60J Search and Rescue helicopter 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 opened as an Imperial Japanese Navy air base in 1941.

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 to resume its service to Tokyo.

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

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
Fuji Dream Airlines Fukuoka
Japan Airlines Tokyo-Haneda
Japan Airlines
operated by J-Air


  1. AIS Japan
  2. "Tokushima Airport Statistics" (PDF) (Press release). Osaka Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Civil Aviation Bureau. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
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