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New Chitose Airport

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New Chitose Airport (新千歳空港 Shin-Chitose Kūkō) is an airport in Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan near Sapporo. It has the IATA Airport Code CTS. By land area, it is the largest airport in Japan.

Chitose was Japan's first 24-hour airport (1994). During the 1990's, it was touted as an international gateway and had regular flights to Europe and Oceania. Today, its services to Europe has ceased, while its international services are mainly transporting tourists from East Asia for sightseeing and Australia for skiing to Hokkaido as the destination.

On July 24, 1999, All Nippon Airways Flight 61, which was flying from Tokyo International Airport in Tokyo, Japan to Chitose, was hijacked shortly after takeoff. The hijacker killed the pilot before he was subdued. The Boeing 747 landed safely.

The airport has a single semicircular terminal building (similar to the terminals at DFW Airport), which handles domestic and international flights. JR operates rapid service trains to Sapporo Station, which take half an hour and cost about ¥1,000. Trains and buses to other cities in Hokkaido are also available.

Airlines and destinations

The Chitose-Tokyo route is the world's busiest air route, handling over 40 round-trip widebody flights a day. It is about 90 minutes by air from Chitose to Tokyo.

External links

ja:新千歳空港 zh:新千岁机场

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