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Amakusa Airlines is a commuter airline that operates scheduled flights within Japan. The airline carrier operates out of its hub at Amakusa Airfield (AXJ), northwest of Amakusa, Kumamoto, Japan, on the Amakusa Islands. The airline was founded in October 1998 and commenced its operations in March 2000 with services from Amakusa to Fukuoka and Kumamoto. The airline currently flies between 6 cities and 2 islands within Japan.

In the future, Amakusa Airlines would like to fly between Amakusa and Kagoshima, Amakusa and Miyazaki, Amakusa and Kochi, Oita and Osaka, Fukuoka and Osaka, Hiroshima and Osaka as well as Fukuoka and Tsushima.

Overall, the airline has a fleet of a single ATR 42-600 aircraft ranging from all from Cessnas that can in total carry 21 passengers at one time.  

Looking for flights to Japan? Amakusa Airlines operates scheduled passenger flights to Kyushu, Honshu, Shikoku islands, which are just off the coast of Japan.

Baggage Policy

Different baggage policies apply for both checked and carry-on baggage.

Carry-on Baggage

The airline's baggage allowance includes all bags, carry-ons, laptop bags, purses, and other items. The weight of both carry-on baggage pieces shall not exceed 10kg and the dimensions of 45 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm.

Checked Baggage

Amakusa Airlines passengers are allowed to take 20kg of baggage per person. Any additional baggage will be charged at the current excess baggage rate. The airline isn't permitted to take hazardous materials such as flammables, compressed gases, batteries, and toxic substances. The airline also refuses passengers to take skis, surfboard, golf bags, diving gear, and other large items as check-in baggage.

Cabin Classes

The airline mostly operates small flights and there is only one cabin class that is provided on the aircraft and that is the standard Economy class. The airline gives you amenities such as the one free checked piece of baggage, snacks, drinks and the option of choosing your seat.


Seats are positioned in a 1 x 2 formation depending on the aircraft, ensuring that each passenger will sit by either a window, aisle or both.


For passengers flying with Amakusa Airlines, airport check-in is the only option.

Online Check-in

Online check-in before your flight isn't required when travelling with the airline. 

Airport Check-in

When passengers arrive at the terminal of the airport, they will hand in their boarding pass and the airline will then be able to take care of their baggage. It would take a few minutes for you to get checked in. The airline recommends passengers arrive at least 2 hours before their scheduled departure time. The airline crew from there will be ready to help in the check-in and boarding process.

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Destinations that Amakusa Airlines flies to

As of May 2021, the airline has scheduled flights to the 6 destinations within 2 islands around Japan. Popular destinations include Amakusa, Kobe, Fukuoka, Osaka, and others. The airline operates regular flights to and within the Japanese islands, which are all off the coast of Japan.

If you're looking to fly within Japan, our guide to domestic flights within Japan offers lots of helpful information, including an airline guide and FAQs.

Alternatives to Amakusa Airlines

If you're looking to fly to or between more remote destinations within Japan, take a look at these smaller regional airlines: Star Flyer, Amakusa Airlines and Oriental Air Bridge. The following airlines operate flights on the major domestic route networks within Japan:

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Hub Airport

Amakusa Airfield (AXJ)

Amakusa Airfield (AXJ) is a public airport in Amakusa, within the island of Kyushu in Japan. The airport serves over 60,000 passengers each year. Only one airline, Amakusa Airlines, uses this airfield.


As of May 2021, the airline operates a fleet of 1 aircraft: 

  • 1 x ATR 42-600 (50 passengers per aircraft)

Frequent Flyer Programme

The airline does not currently offer a frequent flyer program.

Airline Alliance

The airline is not currently part of an airline alliance program.