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Kobe Airport Information

Kobe Airport (IATA: UKB) is an airport on an artificial island just off the coast of Kobe, 8 km (5.0 mi) south of Sannomiya Station Japan. It primarily handles domestic flights, but can also accommodate international charter flights. It is designated as a third class airport.

Kobe is already the most indebted municipality in Japan with debts of over ¥3 trillion, and this project's cost (estimated at over ¥1 trillion, or US $8.7 billion) has made it very controversial. Supporters argue that the third airport can mean increased competition and lower airfares. People in the surrounding regions (Shikoku, Awaji Island etc.) can now have a closer airport while access to Kansai may be limited. Since the ferry from Tokushima to Kansai Airport was discontinued, travellers have had to rely on alternate means of transportation including a bus to Kansai Airport, which takes an hour longer, or to use the local Tokushima airport, which is limited in schedules.

Kobe has a single passenger terminal with four gates capable of accommodating widebody aircraft.

The Transport Ministry has banned "scheduled international charters" (such as those serving Haneda Airport) and has capped scheduled domestic operations at 30 daily flights in order to prevent overcrowding in the area's airspace and to protect the growth of Kansai Airport. The flight caps have been a point of controversy with Kobe Airport supporters, who point out that the cap was calculated based on Kansai Airport operating twice as many frequencies as are currently offered: given the current traffic levels at Kansai, Kobe should be able to handle six or seven flights per hour.

Although airlines have experienced some success with routes to the most popular domestic destinations, such as Tokyo, Sapporo and Okinawa, routes to secondary cities have been less successful. Since the airport's opening, ANA has terminated service to Niigata, Kagoshima and Sendai while JAL has terminated service to Sendai and Kumamoto.

As part of JAL's restructuring due to bankruptcy, JAL has terminated all services out of Kobe and closed its office on June 1st, 2010, which started with the discontinuation of the Tokyo-Haneda route on April 1st of that year.

On February 2, 2006, Kobe Airport Station (神戸空港駅) was connected to Sannomiya Station in central Kobe by an extension of the existing Port Liner automated guideway transit system. Travel time to Sannomiya is 16 minutes. From Sannomiya, it is 21 minutes to Ōsaka Station and 49 minutes to Kyoto Station by JR special rapid express.

Kobe Airport is connected to Kansai Airport by the Kobe-Kanku Bay Shuttle (神戸-関空ベイ・シャトル), a high speed ferry which completes the airport-to-airport journey in 29 minutes for ¥1,500.

Here are some of the major Airlines that service Kobe Airport:

  • All Nippon Airways
  • Skymark Airlines

The above mentioned information is taken from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobe_Airport.

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