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Dokdo islets get Korean airport code by the ICAO

Oct 14,2008
A National Police Agency helicopter brings in supplies for maritime policemen stationed on Dokdo. The International Civil Aviation Organization assigned the Dokdo heliport the code name RKDD as location indicator. By Chun In-seong
The heliport on the Dokdo islets, known as Takeshima in Japan, has its own four-letter airport code, RKDD - and it is recognized as Korean.

The North Gyeongsang Police Agency yesterday told the JoongAng Ilbo in an exclusive interview that the location indicator of the heliport will be officially known as RKDD, which means “Republic of Korea Dokdo,” as designated by the International Civil Aviation Organization last month.

According to police, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs officially applied to the international organization for the airport code in August.

A month later, the ICAO registered RKDD in the list of the worldwide airport identifier codes after an examination.

The ICAO codes uniquely identify individual airports worldwide. The first two letters of the codes usually identify the country. The Incheon International Airport was given the identifier code of RKSI, while the Gimpo International Airport received RKSS.

The location indicator of the heliport in Dokdo comes amid the ongoing dispute between Korea and Japan over ownership of the small islets.

The airport codes are used in flight plans to indicate departure and arrival, international weather forecast, and alternate airfields.

“The Dokdo heliport now becomes an accredited heliport along with the code. All the aviation authorities and other pilots in the world will call the heliport RKDD.

The ICAO code will allow many people in the world to confirm Dokdo as Korea’s territory,” said a police officer.

“In addition, we will be able to more efficiently manage Dokdo.”

An official at the North Gyeongsang police spoke of plans to improve the flight control system in the Dokdo heliport this month in an effort to offer more convenient service to pilots.


By Chun In-sung JoongAng Ilbo [spark@joongang.co.kr]


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