Kansai Airports


Osaka International Airport

Inaugurated in 1939, this urban airport is highly convenient due to its well-developed domestic network. The airport has been developing a symbolic relationship with its neighboring communities and handles 14.5 million passengers per year.

Osaka International Airport Statistics

Operational Data of Osaka International Airport

Operational Data of Osaka International Airport

Premises and facilities at Osaka International Airport

Opening
17 January, 1939
Area
311 ha
Runway
A runway Length: 1,828 m € Width: 45 m
B runway Length: 3,000 m € Width: 60 m
Passenger terminal
Floor space 54,752 m2
Gross floor area 126,113 m2

Access map

Osaka International Airport

<Airport road map>
Airport road map
Large view
Airport road map
<From the railway station>
From the railway station
Large view
From the railway station

History of Osaka International Airport

Osaka International Airport

2016

  • [ Apr. ]
    Kansai Airports commences its business as an operating company for the Kansai International Airport and Osaka (Itami) International Airport.
  • [ Feb. ]
    Terminal Building Festival for giving prayers for safety.
  • Terminal Building Festival for giving prayers for safety.

    Feb. 2016

    Terminal Building Festival for giving prayers for safety.

2015

  • [ Dec. ]
    ORIX and VINCI Airports sign the Project Agreement for the Kansai International Airport and Osaka (Itami) International Airport Concession Incorporation of Kansai Airports, New Operating Company
  • [ Dec. ]
    Establishment of Kansai Airports
  • [ Apr. ]
    Construction for the terminal improvement project, "Speed & Smart, Making ITAMI into a Leading Urban Airport," began. (Grand opening scheduled for spring of 2020.)
  • Construction for the terminal improvement project began

    Apr, 2015

    Construction for the terminal improvement project began

2014

  • [ Dec. ]
    Change of the terminal opening time from 06:00 to 05:30.
  • [ May ]
    Selection of Osaka International Airport's mascot character: "Sorayan."
  • Selection of Osaka International Airport's mascot character: "Sorayan."

    May 2015

    Selection of Osaka International Airport's mascot character: "Sorayan."

2013

  • [ Oct. ]
    Acquisition of Osaka International Airport Terminal Co., Ltd.(OAT) stock by New Kansai International Airport Company, Ltd. (acquisition of all stock by December of the same year). OAT joined the NKIAC Group.

2012

  • [ Jul. ]
    Integration of the management of Osaka International Airport and Kansai International Airport.
  • [ Apr. ]
    Establishment of New Kansai International Airport Company, Ltd.

2002

  • [ Jun. ]
    Start of use of large-scale sound barriers (in the engine test location).
  • Start of use of large-scale sound barriers (in the engine test location)

    Jun, 2002

    Start of use of large-scale sound barriers (in the engine test location)

2001

  • [ Mar. ]
    Completion of North Terminal renovations.

1999

  • [ Jul. ]
    Opening of the former international flight building as the South terminal building after renovations.

1997

  • [ Apr. ]
    The Osaka Monorail airport line service starts.

1994

  • [ Sep. ]
    International flights are transferred to the newly opened Kansai International Airport.

1970

  • [ Feb. ]
    The basic layout of the current facilities is created with the opening of Runway B (3,000 m).

1969

  • [ Jan. ]
    Completion of Terminal Building construction

1964

  • [ Jun. ]
    Start of passenger jet service

1960

  • [ Apr. ]
    Japan Airlines opens international flights (Osaka-Hong Kong) and passenger jets use airport from 1964.

1959

  • [ Jul. ]
    Specified as a Type 1 Airport under the Airport Development Law and renamed Osaka International Airport.

1958

  • [ Mar. ]
    Airport is completely returned by US forces. Renamed Osaka Airport, the new enterprise is managed by the Minister of Transport.

Itami Air Base

1951

  • [ Oct. ]
    Japan Airlines reopens regular civilian routes (Haneda-Osaka-Fukuoka).

1945

  • Airport is confiscated by US forces, renamed Itami Air Base, and used to house US Air Force troops. Total area covers 1,850,000 m2 and number of runways is expanded to four by end of WW2. (Length of runways: 1,100 m, 1,300 m, 1,600 m, and 1,300 m)

Osaka No. 2 Airport

1941

  • Start of 2nd phase of expansion.

1940

  • Start of 1st phase of expansion.

1939

  • [ Jan. ]
    Osaka No. 2 Airport completed. (Length of runways: 680 m and 830 m)

1936

  • [ Dec. ]
    The Civil Aviation Bureau of the Ministry of Communications and Transportation starts construction of the Osaka No. 2 Airport to act as a replacement for the existing Osaka Airport (which was located near the mouth of the Kizu River in Osaka city).

As of 1st April, 2016, Kansai Airports succeeded the operating right for both Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport. Please note that the name of the previous operator, New Kansai International Airport Company, Ltd., is described in some materials and articles related to previous operation.