Mitsubishi Estate commences work on Shimojijima Airport scheduled to open in March 2019

Mitsubishi Estate commences work on Shimojijima Airport scheduled to open in March 2019

Projection of Shimojijima Airport Passenger Terminal Facility scheduled to open in March 2019 (Photograph provided by Mitsubishi Estate).


October 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo


On October 11, Mitsubishi Estate, a leading Japanese real estate developer, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Shimojijima Airport in Miyakojima City.

The organizers wished for a safe construction and for the safety of the passenger terminal.

The facility will be built in a villa resort-style using some wood building materials.

Its opening is scheduled for March 2019.

The company aims for the airport to operate for low-cost carriers (LCC) with overseas air routes from East Asia as well as domestic cities.

The company is also developing a parking business for private jet aircraft.

The company aims for the number of passengers to reach 55,000 people in 2019 and 570,000 people in 2025.


The facility is a one-story building with concrete and timber.

The site area is 31,580 square meters and the facility area is 13,480 square meters. According to Mitsubishi Estate, domestic flights are scheduled to be in service of LCC based in Tokyo, Chubu, and Kansai.

Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) will use Miyako Airport.

At first, overseas routes will be launched from Taipei, Hong Kong, Seoul, and other locations.


In domestic airports, there are few places to park private jet airplanes, so some private-jet owners are forced to use overseas airports.

In anticipation of the expansion of the private jet market, the company will develop a parking business at Shimojijima Airport.


(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)


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