Sunday, August 4, 2013

Hakodate Airport Car Rental

Located just under five miles east of Hakodate Station in the city of Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan, Hakodate airport (IATA: HKD) is operated by Japan’s transportation ministry and is best known as serving as the main airport hub for airtransse. The airport is renowned in history as the location where the Soviet pilot Viktor Belenko landed his MiG-25 Foxbat aeroplane in 1976 as he defected to the west from the Soviet Union.

The airport can be found near the seas, approximately six miles outside the city centre of Hakodate. Opened in 1961 and crucial in the local region for transportation to a wide variety of destinations, Hakodate airport has one runway which has been extended three times, first in 1971 only ten years after the airport opening, again in 1978 and finally in 1999. The terminal has also been replaced, with a new building officially opening back in 2005, which has far superior facilities.

Public transport in the area surrounding Hakodate airport is generally good, although there are a number of car hire desks at the airport allowing consumers arriving to compare Hakodate airport car hire to get the best deal, while ensuring they can get around the local area in a little more comfort. Scheduled buses travel to Hakodate Station, as well as the nearby Onuma Prince Hotel.

Airlines including All Nippon Airways, Hokkaido International Airlines and Japan Airlines all operate a service to Tokyo-Haneda from Hakodate, while other destinations include Osaka-Kansai, Kushiro, Okushiri, and seasonally by charter, Hong Kong. This wide range of destinations explains the recent growth of Hakodate airport, which looks set to continue over the next few years.

Hakodate By Night. Creative Commons Image Source: 

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