New airport opens at Wonsan DPRK North Korea

Report and photos by Henry Tenby

A brand new passenger airport and terminal building has opened for business at Wonsan, DPRK North Korea. It is believed construction on the new facility completed in the summer of 2015, and the first ever passengers to use the airport arrived from Pyongyang on September 24, 2015.

A large group of 140 aviation fans were flown to the airport, on board Air Koryo’s IL-18, Tu-134, and two An-24s, which arrived in sequence on the afternoon of September 24, 2015. The aviation group were treated to a tour of the new facility, and were welcomed to inspect the departure and arrival halls, as well as the spacious open air observation deck. How many airports opening in this day and age boast fabulous viewing decks.

The city of Wonson is situated some 60 Kms northeast of Pyongyang on Korea’s east coast facing the Korean sea. The region enjoys moderate weather and the natural beauty of the surrounding ocean and mountains makes it an ideal draw for tourists. The country is developing a growing tourist base which it hopes to expand significantly in coming years, to educate foreigners of the country’s cultural, historical and sight-seeing attractions. The new airport was built in anticipation of this increase in tourism.

The DPRK only allows several thousand tourist visitors per year. The new Wanson airport is situated on the beautiful coastline just a few minutes drive from the city centre.

Air Koryo Tu-134 at new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea

Air Koryo Tu-134 at the new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea, shortly after arriving with some of the first ever passengers, having arrived from Pyongyang.

First ever tourists inspect curbside area at new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea Sep 24, 2015

First ever tourists inspect the curbside area at new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea Sep 24, 2015.

First ever tourists arrive and await tourist busses at new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea Sep 24, 2015

First ever tourists arrive and await tourist busses at the new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea Sep 24, 2015.

First tourists arrive at new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea Sep 24, 2015

Tower view at the new airport opened at Wonsan DPRK North Korea

Tower view at the new airport Wonsan DPRK North Korea on December 24, 2015.

The new airport at Wonsan DPRK North Korea features a wonderful an open air observation deck.

The new airport at Wonsan DPRK North Korea features a wonderful an open air observation deck.

Open air observation deck at Wonsan airport North Korea

The brand new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea has two jetways, Sep 24, 2015

The new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea has two jetways, Sep 24, 2015.

First ever passengers arrive at the brand new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea Sep 24, 2015

First ever passengers arrive at the brand new Wonsan Airport, DPRK North Korea Sep 24, 2015.

Air Koryo IL-18 at the new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea Sep 24, 2015

Air Koryo IL-18 at the new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea Sep 24, 2015. The aircraft had just arrived from Pyongyang carrying a load of German aviation spotters.

Departure hall of the new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea Sep 24, 2015

Departure hall of the new Wonsan Airport, DPRK North Korea Sep 24, 2015.

Curbside full terminal view of the new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea Sep 24, 2015

Curbside full terminal view of the new Wonsan Airport, DPRK North Korea, Sep 24, 2015.

First ever tourists arrive and await tourist busses at new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea Sep 24, 2015

First ever tourists depart the arrivals hall to await tourist busses at the new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea Sep 24, 2015.

Air Koryo IL-18 and Tu-134 brought the first tourists to visit the brand new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea has two jetways, Sep 24, 2015

Air Koryo IL-18 and Tu-134 brought the first tourists to visit the brand new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea, Sep 24, 2015.

The very first group of tourists to visit the brand new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea pose for photos, Sep 24, 2015

The very first group of tourists to visit the brand new Wonsan Airport DPRK North Korea pose for photos, Sep 24, 2015. Self portrait by Henry Tenby.

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New airport opens at Wonsan DPRK North Korea
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A brand new passenger airport and terminal building has opened for business at Wonsan, DPRK North Korea. It is believed construction on the new facility completed in the summer of 2015, and the first ever passengers to use the airport arrived from Pyongyang on September 24, 2015.
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