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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).

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 nearl 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.

The passenger terminal complex at Kansai Airport consists of the Aeroplaza and Terminals 1 & 2 - Terminal 2 presently is only for Peach Airlines.

Parking options at Kansai Airport:  Terminal 1 has parking facilities north and east of the Kansai Airport Station and the Aeroplaza, respectively, with parking  facilities P1 through P4.  Terminal 2 has its own parking facility.

Rental car counters for Nippon, Toyota & Mazda are located at the Aeroplaza on level one - a 3-minute walk from the passenger terminal from its level 2 connection.

Connecting between Kansai and Itami Airports:  Special buses run between these two airports. Tickets are available at the Limousine Bus ticket counter B on level 1 of the International Arrivals Lounge near doors 7/8; the bus leaves right outside of it.

Current and future Airport developments: Plans are being finalized during fiscal year 2014-15 for new a new Terminal 3 (adjacent to Terminal 2) for low-cost airlines; constuction is to start fiscal year 2015-16, and terminal competion is presently scheduled for March 2017. The expandable design allows for both narrow- and wide-body aircraft.

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