Shimoji-shima to Narita Airport Terminal to open in March of 2019 in Miyakojima, Okinawa

Shimoji-shima to Narita Airport Terminal to open in March of 2019 in Miyakojima, Okinawa

Shimoji-shima Airport manager Kentaro Tomono (far left), Vice-governor Moritake Tomikawa (3rd from the left), Jetstar President Masaru Kataoka (4th from the left), and Miyakojima Deputy Mayor Seiji Nagahama (5th from the left) announcing the opening of the Shimoji-shima Airport Terminal. October 15, Okinawa Prefectural Office


October 16, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo


Okinawa Prefecture, who along with Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. and Miyakojima City have been working to renovate the passenger terminal facilities at Shimoji-shima Airport, held a press conference October 15 at the Okinawa Prefectural Office, where they announced that the terminal will open March 30, 2019.

Jetstar Japan has also announced their decision to have a scheduled flight from Narita Airport to Shimoji-shima Airport one a day starting next spring.

There is also a plan to eventually increase flights to both the Kyushu and Kansai regions.


There is also work done to realize international routes to places such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Korea as well as chartered flights, and the hope is to establish these routes by opening day.

The goal is to establish three domestic and three international routes.

They are also planning on making it possible for private jets to use the airport.

Jetstar will fly a 180-passenger capacity Airbus A320 out of the reopened airport.


The goal for the terminal is to make it capable of servicing 110,000 people in 2019, and increase that to 570,000 people per year by 2025.


Miyakojima only has 1,000 rooms of tourist accommodations, but plan to increase that number by 3,300 rooms in 2019.

The facilities employ 10 people currently, and will hire 20 people locally by the opening next year.


Miyakojima Deputy Mayor Seiji Nagahama said, “The city is also increasing its cruise ship capacity, so we are increasing the number of people we are bringing to the island by both air and sea. This is a big chance for us.”


(English translation by T&CT and Sam Grieb)


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