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So My flashcards say 飛行場【ひこうじょう】means airport.

But actual airports in Japan always use 空港【くうこう】, like 成田【なりた】空港【くうこう】.

What are the differences between these?

And in what situations (if any) would would I want to use 飛行場【ひこうじょう】over 空港【くうこう】?

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飛行場 refers to a small local airport with a short runway, often with no regular commercial airline service. It is mostly for private use of small-size aircrafts.

空港 refers to a larger airport with longer runways that serves the general public.

Some (but not many) native speakers use the two words interchangeably in informal conversations.

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In English it might be the same as the distinction between an airport and an airfield. – ssb Feb 25 '14 at 1:41
ok thanks that makes sense. – icchanobot Feb 25 '14 at 2:27

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