Daegu International Airport
Daegu Gukje Gonghang
Taegu Kukche Konghang
|Operator||Korea Airports Corporation, Republic of Korea Airforce|
|Location||Dong District, Daegu, South Korea|
|Elevation AMSL||116 ft / 35 m|
Statistics from KAC
Daegu International Airport (Hangul: 대구국제공항; Hanja: 大邱國際空港; Revised Romanization: Daegu Gukje Gonghang; McCune-Reischauer: Taegu Kukche Konghang) (IATA: TAE, ICAO: RKTN) is the international airport serving the city of Daegu and the surrounding area in the southeast of South Korea. The airport is also a military base for the ROKAF's 11th Fighter Wing, whose three squadrons fly the F-15K.
The airport chiefly serves domestic routes with a small number of international flights. Despite the growth of the nearby city of Daegu, passenger numbers at Daegu International Airport have been steadily declining since 2004, the year when KTX highspeed rail reached the city. The 2013 number of about 1.1 million passengers is around half of pre-2003 figures. Since in 2014, passenger numbers have increased sharply due to the expansion of Low-Cost Carriers.
The airfield was used as part of the Bout One project, an emergency program to train Republic of Korea Air Force pilots to fly the F-51 Mustang. The Bout One planes provided close air support to the U.S. 24th Infantry Division through July 1950.:89–90 On 10 July 1950, the Bout One force was re-designated as the 51st Fighter Squadron,:95 and was merged into the 12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 4 August.:112
The existing dirt and gravel runway was improved by the 822nd Engineer Aviation Battalion beginning on 18 July, and the Battalion subsequently began preparations for a parallel 5,000 foot (1,500 m) PSP runway on 7 August.:110
USAF units based at Taegu from July–August 1950 included:
- 18th Fighter-Bomber Group, from July–August 1950, subordinate units included:
- 51st Fighter Squadron (Provisional) from 10 July–August 4, 1950:95
- 6002nd Air Base Squadron from July–8 August 1950:95
- 6147th Tactical Control Squadron (Airborne) operating T-6 Mosquitos from 1 August–September 6, 1950:106
- 6149th Air Base Unit from August 1950
Taegu Airfield was abandoned following the North Korean attack on Taegu in mid-August 1950, but USAF units began reoccupying the base by 23 September 1950.:176 The 822nd Battalion had returned to Taegu on 17 September and soon resurfaced the original dirt and gravel runway with PSP and extended its length to 5,700 feet (1,700 m).:177
USAF units based at Taegu from September 1950 included::177
- 49th Fighter-Bomber Group operating F-80s from 1 October 1950. This was the first jet unit to be based in Korea. Subordinate units included:
- 543rd Tactical Support Group from 26 September, subordinate units included:
- 8th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet operating RF-80s from 2 October
- 162nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photo from 8 October
- 363rd Reconnaissance Technical Squadron from 4 October
F-84E of the 27th Fighter Escort Group in 1951
Casualties being loaded onto a C-54 in 1951
An F-86F of the 12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron at Taegu in 1952
The relatively small passenger terminal boasts a comfortable environment through its adoption of traditional design elements symbolizing Ouga (The song of five friend: water, rock, pine, bamboo, and moon; by Yun Seon Do), and its crane-like structure. The parking lot can accommodate about 1,097 cars and has a fully automated parking system; it opens from 6 am to 10 pm.
Airlines and destinations
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