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 Minami-Daito Airport: Cheap Flights, Tickets, and Travel Deals

Minami-Daito Airport (MMD) is a tiny domestic airport in Minamidaitō, Japan. The airport is best known for offering the world's shortest flight! Its daily flights between Minamidaitō and Kitadaito only take 3 minutes by air and cost ¥7,600 each way, which amounts to $86 in Canadian currency.

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History

Founded in 1934, Minami-Daito Airport was originally used as an airbase for the Imperial Japanese Navy. The airport didn't begin to host civilian travel until March 1961. Located on the island of Minamidaitōjima, its main purpose is providing a fast transportation method for crossing the sea to mainland Okinawa Prefecture. Ferries typically take 15 to 17 hours to make this same trip.

Location

Address: 901-3803 Okinawa Prefecture, Shimajiri District, Japan

Coordinates: 25°50′48″N 131°15′49″E

Elevation: 48 metres (159 feet)

The airport is located in the city of Minamidaitō's easy end. It's accessible by car, bicycle, or even getting a lift from the island's friendly residents. If you're driving, the trip into the city's downtown core takes between 10 to 15 minutes. Skyscanner can help you find the best rates on rental cars on Minamidaitōjima, Japan.

Airlines

As of January 2018, Ryukyu Air Commuter is the only airline hosted by Minami-Daito Airport. This Japanese carrier is owned by Japan Transocean Air and offers domestic flights on a daily schedule to two cities, Kitadaito and Naha. There are no international flights available, and the airport doesn't appear to have any plans for expansion.

Amenities

Minami-Daito Airport's best amenity is their wonderful on-site sushi bar. It's a lovely place to stop for a delicious snack or light lunch before boarding your plane to Kitadaito or Naha. Otherwise, the airport's small size doesn't leave a lot of space for additional luxuries. The facilities, however, are beautifully clean and the staff provides warm, heartfelt service to all travelers.

The City

With only 1400 residents, Minamidaitō is a small village on Minamidaitōjima Island, which sits 360km east from Okinawan Prefecture. Initially uninhabited, this picturesque island was first discovered by the Russians in 1820, who originally named it South Borodino Island. However, the island's steep, pointed cliffs prevented anyone from settling on Minamidaitōjima until 1900 when the Japanese people began growing sugarcane there. Eventually, a small village also came into being.

Today, Minamidaitō's tourism industry rests entirely on adventure tourism. The island hosts two impressive caves, Hoshinodo and Chiteiko, which provide an expensive but worthwhile sightseeing experience. Deep sea diving, whale watching, and pond canoeing are other popular pastimes here. The island is also home to okomori bats. These cute fruit-eating mammals are considered very rare and enjoy hanging out in the fukugi trees at night. Be aware; most residents are unilingual in Japanese, so make sure to pack a phrasebook. For hotel listings on Minamidaitōjima Island, trust Skyscanner to find you the best rates on accommodations.

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 Location Details

Longitude:131° 14' 49'' E
Latitude:25° 50' 29'' N
IATA code:MMD
ICAO code:ROMD

 Airport Location

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