Sendai Airport (IATA: SDJ, ICAO: RJSS) is an airport located in Natori, Miyagi, 13.6 km (8.5 mi) south southeast of Sendai Station, Sendai, Japan. In 1957, the runway was extended to 1,200 metres (3,937 ft) and Nippon Helicopter Transport (now All Nippon Airways) established a route from Tokyo's (Haneda Airport) to Sendai. In 1963, All Nippon Airways Flight 802 missed its approach and crashed into the airport, but there were no fatalities.
When the airport began to service commercial jets on February 14, 1970, runway B was extended to 2,000 metres (6,562 ft). Also, the flight school of Japan Ground Self Defense Force moved into North Utsunomiya Army Post. Beginning 6 April 1990, Asiana Airlines established a route to Seoul (Gimpo International Airport) to Sendai, thus beginning international service from the airport. In 1992, Runway B was extended further to 2,500 metres (8,202 ft) and 5 years later, in 1997, a new terminal was opened. On 5 December 2002 airport improved accessibility with the beginning of construction of the Sendai Airport Line rail link which was completed on 18 March 2007, and began service between Sendai Station and Sendai Airport Station. On 19 March 2010, the airport's observation deck Smile Terrace was opened.