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New Chitose Airport
New Chitose International Airport

Shin-Chitose K?k?
New Chitose Airport Terminal.jpg
New Chitose Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorCivil Aviation Bureau
Hokkaid? Airport Terminal Co., Ltd. (terminal)
ServesSapporo metropolitan area
LocationCity of Chitose and Tomakomai
Elevation AMSL70 ft / 21 m
Coordinates42°46?31?N 141°41?33?E / 42.77528°N 141.69250°E / 42.77528; 141.69250Coordinates: 42°46?31?N 141°41?33?E / 42.77528°N 141.69250°E / 42.77528; 141.69250
CTS is located in Hokkaido
New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido
CTS is located in Japan
CTS (Japan)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01R/19L 3,000 9,843 Asphalt/Concrete
01L/19R 3,000 9,843 Asphalt/Concrete
18R/36L[1] 2,700 8,858 Concrete
18L/36R[1] 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
Statistics (2017 = One of Mostly domestic terminal airport in Japan)
Cargo (metric tonnes)216,812
Aircraft movement150,620

New Chitose Airport (, Shin-Chitose K?k?) (IATA: CTS, ICAO: RJCC) is an international airport located 2.7 NM (5.0 km; 3.1 mi) south-southeast of Chitose[3] and Tomakomai, Hokkaid?, Japan, serving the Sapporo metropolitan area. By both traffic and land area, it is the largest airport in Hokkaid?.

It is adjacent to Chitose Air Base, a Japan Air Self-Defense Force base which houses F-15 Eagle fighter jets, the Japanese Air Force One government aircraft and a number of smaller emergency response aircraft and helicopters. Chitose and New Chitose have separate runways but are interconnected by taxiways, 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. JASDF provides 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.[4] The 819 km (509 mi) Sapporo-Tokyo Haneda route is the second busiest air route in the world, with 9.7 million passengers carried in 2018.[5]


New Chitose opened in July 1988 to replace the adjacent Chitose Airport, a joint-use facility which had served passenger flights since 1963 [6]. The airport's IATA airport code was originally SPK. This code was later adopted as a city code to refer to both New Chitose and the smaller Okadama Airport in central Sapporo, which handles commuter flights within 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 Amsterdam (KLM, 1997-2002), Cairns (Qantas, 1992-1998 and 2004-2007) and Honolulu (JALWays, 1992-2003, Hawaiian Airlines since 2012). Service to Europe resumed when Finnair launched a new weekly flight to Helsinki from 15th December 2019. International services are mainly for transporting tourists from the rest of Asia and for sightseeing and 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 34th G8 summit, 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.[7] A 2nd terminal is being built roughly doubling the existing terminal and capacity, scheduled to be complete by August 2019.[8]

Airlines and destinations

Aerial view of New Chitose Airport

The airport has a semicircular domestic terminal (reminiscent of the semicircular terminals at 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 JASDF 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.[9]


Sapporo Chitose airport passenger destinations
AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur-International[10]
Air China Beijing-Capital
Air Do Kobe, Nagoya-Centrair, Sendai, Tokyo-Haneda
Air Seoul Seoul-Incheon[11]
All Nippon Airways Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kobe, Kushiro, Nagoya-Centrair, Okayama, Osaka-Itami, Osaka-Kansai, Shizuoka, Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita
Seasonal: Fukushima, Komatsu, Naha, Rishiri, Toyama, Wakkanai
Akita, Aomori, Hakodate, Kushiro, Memanbetsu, Nakashibetsu, Niigata, Sendai, Wakkanai
Asiana Airlines Seoul-Incheon
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
China Airlines Kaohsiung, Taipei-Taoyuan
China Eastern Airlines Nanjing, Shanghai-Pudong
China Southern Airlines Dalian[12]
Eastar Jet Busan,[13][14]Seoul-Incheon[15]
EVA Air Taipei-Taoyuan
Finnair Helsinki[16][17]
Fuji Dream Airlines Matsumoto, Yamagata
Hainan Airlines Hangzhou
Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong
Japan Airlines Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Itami, Osaka-Kansai, Sendai, Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita
Akita, Aomori, Hanamaki, Memanbetsu, Niigata, Sendai
Seasonal: Izumo, Tokushima
Jeju Air Busan,[18]Seoul-Incheon
Jetstar Japan Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Narita
Jin Air Seoul-Incheon
Juneyao Airlines Nanjing,[19]Shanghai-Pudong
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon
Malindo Air Seasonal: Kuala Lumpur-International, Taipei-Taoyuan[20]
Okay Airways Tianjin[21]
Peach Fukuoka,[22]Nagoya-Centrair (begins 24 December 2020),[23]Naha (begins 25 October 2020),[24]Osaka-Kansai, Sendai,[25]Taipei-Taoyuan,[22]Tokyo-Narita
Philippine Airlines Manila[26]
Qantas Seasonal: Sydney[27]
Scoot Singapore, Taipei-Taoyuan
Shandong Airlines Qingdao[28]
Shenzhen Airlines Wuxi[29]
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu[30]
Singapore Airlines Seasonal: Singapore
Skymark Airlines Fukuoka, Ibaraki, Kobe, Nagoya-Centrair, Tokyo-Haneda
Spring Airlines Shanghai-Pudong
Spring Airlines Japan Tokyo-Narita
Thai AirAsia X Bangkok-Don Mueang
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Tianjin Airlines Tianjin
T'way Airlines Daegu,[31]Seoul-Incheon
Ural Airlines Vladivostok[32]
XiamenAir Fuzhou[33]


ANA Cargo Tokyo-Haneda

Other facilities

The domestic terminal contains a 188-room hotel, the Air Terminal Hotel [1].

China Airlines operates its Sapporo office on the third floor of the airport building.[34]

The airline Hokkaido Air System was at one time headquartered in the New Chitose airport terminal.[35] Now its head office is on the property of Okadama Airport in Higashi-ku, Sapporo.[36]

Ground transportation


New Chitose Airport Station is located on a spur off the Chitose Line of Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido). Rapid service trains operate to and from Sapporo Station, taking 36-39 minutes and costing ¥1,070.[37]


  • Hokkaid? Ch Bus/Hokuto Kotsu joint service (Sapporo 4 trips/h, Oyachi 4 trips/h)
  • Hokkaid? Ch Bus (Asabu 1-2 trips/h, Miyanosawa 1-2 trips/h)
  • Hokuto Kotsu (Apa Hotel & Resort 2 trips/h, Maruyama Park hourly)
  • Donan Bus (Tomakomai 1-2 trips/h, Noboribetsu 3 trips/day, Muroran 12 trips/day, Hobetsu 2 trips/day, Urakawa 2 trips/day)
  • Atsuma Bus (Atsuma 3 trips/day)

Accidents and incidents

  • On August 5, 2011, Philippine Airlines flight 102, a Boeing 747 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. [38][39]
  • On February 23, 2016, Japan Airlines Flight 3512, a Boeing 737 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.[40]


  1. ^ a b 18R/36L and 18L/36R are part of Chitose Air Base and operated by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force
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  33. ^ "Xiamen Airlines plans Fuzhou - Sapporo service from mid-Jan 2020". routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
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