Osaka Kansai (KIX) Airport

Osaka Kansai KIX Airport Overview

Osaka Kansai International Airport KIX is mainly the international airport for the Osaka Prefecture of Japan (while Osaka Itami International Airport, despite its name, is the region's domestic airport). Kansai Airport is now hub to Asian destinations, with some 500 weekly flights (while North America counts for 35 and Europe & Middle East for 66 weekly flights). 
Note that 'New Kansai International Airport Co.'  (tel. +81-724-55-2093 /fax: 2052) - now Operator of both Kansai & Itami Airports - intends to transform both Airports into the 'most advanced facilities of their kind in Asia'.  

KIX Airport is located on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, off-shore of the cities of Sennan and Izumisano and the town of Tajiri, and 50 km from the city center of Osaka--all situated within the Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Kansai International Airport is connected only by the Sky Gate Bridge R, which has on the lower level the railroad tracks used by JR West and Nankai Electric, and on the upper level the road leading to Tinku Town and the mainland.

With two very long runways, and serving nearly 14 million passengers  yearly, Kansai Airport is international hub for All Nippon Airways & Japan Airlines, and for low-cost carrier Peach, and is served by international airlines offering year-round and seasonal direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.

The on-Airport 'Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport' (tel. +81 (0)72-455-1111) shares levels 1 & 2 with the Aeroplaza, and has on the 11th floor a restaurant. It is only a 3-minute walk from the passenger terminal and the Airport Station.

Kansai Airport has two terminals - T1 & T2, and the Aeroplaza.

Current and future Airport developments: Construction is to start during  fiscal year 2015-16 on a new Terminal 3 (adjacent to Terminal 2), intended for low-cost airlines -  completion of which is presently scheduled for March 2017. The expandable design allows for both narrow- and wide-body aircraft.

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