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Kansai International Airport

Kansai International Airport (KIX)

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About Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Kansai International Airport (IATA: KIX) is an international airport which serves the Greater Osaka Area in Japan. The airport, which is locally known as Kankū, is built on a man-made island in the middle of the Osaka Bay. The airport was the third-busiest airport in 2017 for passenger traffic, with 27,886,816 passengers and 185,176 aircraft movements.

The island that the airport is built on was constructed beginning 1987, with the airport itself beginning construction in 1991. The airport was officially opened in 1994, and is a hub for many airlines such as ANA and JAL Japan Airlines.

KIX is located within the three municipalities of Izumisano, Sennan and Tajiri, all of which are located within the Osaka Prefecture in Japan. The airport's exact location can be found below on the interactive map:

Busy airport terminal


Facilities at Kansai International Airport include:
Free WiFi, business center, post office, nursing area, children's play area, baby-changing facilities, baby rooms, food concessions, baggage carts, luggage storage, luggage wrapping, pharmacy, mobile charging stations, ATMs, pet hotel, prayer room, duty-free shopping, showers, massages, observation area and a smoking area.

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Airport Lounges

KAL Business Class Lounge: At the Business Class Lounge, passengers can have access to alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, internet and WiFI, newspapers and TVs.

KIX Airport Lounge: This lounge provides pay-as-you-go access to all travellers, and includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, internet access, newspapers, telephone and TV. There is also shower access for a price, and the lounge is also wheelchair accessible.

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The airport has two runways: Runway 06R/24L, measuring 3,500 meters (11,483 feet), with an asphalt/concrete surface; and Runway 06L/24R, also 3,500 meters (13,123 feet) in length, with an asphalt/concrete surface.


There are currently two terminals at KIX airport.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 is home to the traditional airline carriers. Its architecture is an ode to modernism, and was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The airport is 4 stories high, with a roof shaped like an airfoil.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 is home to the low-cost carriers, attracting new LCCs with lower landing fees. The terminal is simpler in design than terminal 1, which was designed as such to reduce the costs of operations.

Airlines that fly to/from Kansai International Airport:

Air Asia X, Air Busan, Aircalin, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air India, Air Macau, Air New Zealand, Air Seoul, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Eastar Jet, EgyptAir, Emirates, EVA Air, Finnair, Garuda Indonesia, Hainan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, HK Express, Hong Kong Airlines, Japan Airlines, Japan Transocean Air, Jeju Air, Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia Airways, Jetstar Japan, Jin Air, Juneyao Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, MIAT Mongolian Airlines, Nepal Airlines, NokScoot, Okay Airlines, Peach Aviation, Philippines Airlines, Philippines AirAsia, Qantas, S7 Airlines, Scoot, Shandong Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spring Airlines, StarFlyer, Swiss International Air Lines, Thai AirAsia X, Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air, Tianjin Airlines, Tigerair Taiwan, Turkish Airlines, T'way Airlines, United Airlines, VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines, XiamenAir.

Top Destinations:

Bangkok, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh City, Qingdao, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Beijing, Busan, Changsha, Taipei, London Heathrow, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Xiamen, Naha.

How to get to Kansai International Airport:

By Road

The airport is easily accessible via the Sky Gate Bridge R, which connects to Hanshin Expressways Route 5. At the airport there is plenty of parking.

By Bus

The Kansai Airport Transportation Enterprise operates scheduled bus services from the city to the airport.

By Rail

The airport is connected by the Sky Gate Bridge, with services operating by JR West and Nankai Electric Railway.

By Ferry

There is a high-speed ferry service which operated between Kobe Airport and KIX. It will take around 30 minutes, and began service in 2007.