Osaka Kansai International Airport

Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX) – The Airport On An Island

The Kansai International Airport (KIX) is located right in the middle of the Osaka Bay, on an artificial island that has been created. Designed by Renzo Piano (an international architect), the airport has been serving as a hub for the international airlines like Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Nippon Cargo Airlines and Peach, which is the Japanese low-cost carrier.

The Kansai International Airport was opened to relieve the pressure at the Osaka International Airport. In 2006, the airport saw 16 million passengers visit from both domestic and international destinations. By the year 2014, the Kansai International Airport (KIX) had become a hub of Asia, from where 780 flights connected it to Australasia and Asia every week. About 59 weekly flights connected it to the Middle East and Europe, and a total of 80 weekly flights connected it to North America.

In 2014, the total number of passengers who arrive or depart from the airport has shot up by more than $20 million.


In the 1960s, the existing Osaka Airport was struggling to cope with the large number of passengers that it saw every single day. It couldn’t be expanded since it was surrounded on all sides by buildings. Hence, Kansai International Airport (KIX) was constructed.

The airport opened officially in the year 1994 (September). It serves as an international gateway for the Kansai region of Japan, which has several major cities as well. The domestic flights however, fly out of the old Osaka Airport.

Although this airport was much larger than the older airport in the region, it was stretched out during the peak times to accommodate everything and everyone. Hence, Phase II expansion began, wherein creating a second runway was given the utmost importance and priority.

With the additional runway being added in, the Kansai International Airport was now occupying the area of about 10.5 sq. km. The second runway has been created specifically for landings, or whenever the other runway cannot be used.


As was already mentioned, the Kansai International Airport (KIX) served as an international hub in the region. However, it seems to have a large number of flights, flying only within the Asian continent. It doesn’t cater just the domestic and international flights, but there are quite a few cargo airlines as well.


Kansai International Airport (KIX) is a beautiful airport, which is located out in the Bay on an artificially created island. Considering how well that the airport has been created and also its location, the airport was bound to win a handful awards.

Some of the important awards that have been won by the airport include ‘Civil Engineering Monument of the Millennium’ award, ‘Best Low – Cost Terminal 2015’ and ‘Best Baggage Delivery 2015’.

Routes And Destinations

There are two terminals in the Kansai International Airport, with the plans underway to create the third one. The first terminal has a ticketing hall which overlooks the concourse for the international departures.

The second terminal has a very simplified design. It has a single boarding gate for all the domestic departures and another one to handle the international departures. If it rains, all the passengers that come out of here are offered umbrellas.

The third terminal is still underway, but on completion it will be made use of by all the low-cost carriers, apart from Peach. It will be made use of primarily by Jetstar Japan, Jetstar Airways and other such group companies.

A number of passenger flights, as well as, cargo flights make use of the services offered by the airport.

Why Fly Through Osaka Kansai International Airport?

How To Check In?

Checking in at the Kansai International Airport is no different than the procedure that is followed in any other international airport across the world. As is the norm everywhere, the passenger should arrive early at the airport, two hours for the domestic flight and three hours for an international flight.

The luggage is to be check in and the boarding pass is expected to be picked up from one of the counters that are present in the airport.

Baggage And Allowance

The baggage that is allowed per passenger at the airport does not depend on the Kansai International Airport (KIX) at all. What it depends on is the destination that one is travelling to and the aircraft that is chosen to travel to the place. Every airline allows their passenger to carry a predetermined amount of baggage. But if this is exceeded then the passenger is expected to pay additional charges.


The seating depends on the passenger who is booking the ticket. They can choose from a number of seats that are available while the seat is being reserved.

Booking Fee

The booking fee depends on both the destination, as well as, the aircraft. The passenger must of aware of the booking fee before booking a ticket for themselves.


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 Airport Contact Details

Osaka Kansai International Airport

Building 1-banchi,
Senshu-Kuko Kita,
Osaka 549-8501,

Tel:+81 (0)724 552500, 2139
Fax:+81 (0)724 552045


Kansai International Airport Co., Ltd.

 Location Details

Longitude:135° 14' 48'' E
Latitude:34° 25' 26'' N

 Airport Location

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