Changchun Dafangshen Airport

Changchun Dafangshen Airport
2002年大房身机场候机厅 departure hall - panoramio.jpg
Departure hall in 2002
Airport typeMilitary (former public)
ServesChangchun, Jilin, China
ClosedAugust 2005
Elevation AMSL228 m / 748 ft
Coordinates43°54′24″N 125°11′51″E / 43°54′24″N 125°11′51″E / 43.90667; 125.19750
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Changchun Dafangshen Airport
Traditional Chinese長春大房身機場
Simplified Chinese长春大房身机场

Changchun Dafangshen Airport (Chinese: 长春大房身机场), or Dafangshen Air Base, is a military air base in Changchun, the capital of Jilin Province in Northeast China. Originally constructed in 1941 by the Empire of Japan for the capital of its puppet state Manchukuo, Dafangshen Airport saw fierce fighting and was severely damaged during the Siege of Changchun in the Chinese Civil War. It served as Changchun's public international airport from October 1960 until August 2005, when all civil flights were transferred to the new Changchun Longjia International Airport.

Location and facilities

Dafangshen Airport is located 10.5 kilometres (6.5 mi) west of central Changchun. When opened in 1941, it had a runway measuring 1,465 metres (4,806 ft) by 145 metres (476 ft), and a taxiway measuring 800 metres (2,600 ft) by 80 metres (260 ft). After it became Changchun's main public airport in the People's Republic of China era, it was expanded multiple times, with a domestic terminal, an international terminal, and a 1,550 metres (5,090 ft) dedicated railway among the later additions.[2]