New Chitose Airport – the largest airport in Hokkaido prefecture, located 5 kilometers south-east of the cities of Chitose and Tomakomai. It serves mostly metropolis of Sapporo. The airport terminal was built in the shape of a semicircle, it has 18 outlets and a small international terminal with 6 outputs. By design, reminiscent of the Dallas airport.
New Chitose opened in 1991 to replace the adjacent Chitose Airport, a joint-use facility which had served passenger flights since 1963. 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.
Along with Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport in Russia, it is one of the closest Asian airports to North America along the great circle route used by transpacific flights, and is therefore an ideal refueling stop for many heavy cargo flights between Asia and North America.