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Yao Airport

Yao Airport
Osaka/Yao Airport
Yao Kūkō
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
Serves Osaka
Location Yao
Elevation AMSL 33 ft / 10 m
RJOY is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 1,490 4,888 Asphalt/Concrete
13/31 1,200 3,937 Asphalt concrete
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan[1]

Yao Airport (八尾空港 Yao Kūkō, ICAO: RJOY) is a general aviation airport in Yao, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Located 8.1 NM (15.0 km; 9.3 mi) southeast of Ōsaka Station,[1] it is also an airbase for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

Several small carriers offer sightseeing and charter flights from Yao, including Asahi Airlines and Hankyu Airlines.

Yao is the only second class airport in Japan that does not have scheduled airline services.


  • History 1
  • Operations 2
    • Self-Defense Forces 2.1
    • Osaka Prefecture 2.2
  • References 3


The airport started as Hanshin Aviation School in 1938. Two years later the airfield was seized by the army as the Taishō Airfield and expanded. After World War II, the occupation forces called it the Hanshin Airfield before it was returned to Japanese control.[2]


Self-Defense Forces

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force operates a base at the airport, JGSDF Camp Yao (八尾駐屯地). Units based at Camp Yao include:[3]

  • Middle Army Aviation Group (中部方面航空隊) units (other than 5th Anti-Tank Helicopter Group (第5対戦車ヘリコプター隊) which is based in Mie Prefecture):
    • Middle Army Aviation Group HQ (中部方面航空隊本部付隊)
    • Middle Army Helicopters (中部方面ヘリコプター隊) - UH-1 and OH-1 transport/observation helicopters
    • Middle Army Air Traffic Control and Weather (中部方面管制気象隊)
    • Middle Army Air Fleet Maintenance (中部方面航空野整備隊)
  • 3rd Aviation Group (第3飛行隊) - UH-1 and OH-6 transport/observation helicopters

Osaka Prefecture

The Osaka Prefectural Fire Department operates two Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin helicopters from Yao. They are primarily used for firefighting within Osaka, but were dispatched overseas to assist with the 1991 Bangladesh cyclone and the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.[4]


  1. ^ a b AIS Japan
  2. ^ Yao Municipal Library, 八尾空港, retrieved October 3, 2012 
  3. ^ "駐屯地紹介". 陸上自衛隊八尾駐屯地 広報班. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "大阪市消防局航空隊". 
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