Kansai Airports


Kansai International Airport

KIX opened its doors in 1994, and has since become an important international hub for the country, providing one of the largest networks for both domestic and international routes with 24h operations. The airport is considered a gateway for the Kansai area, the Western part of Japan, receiving 25 million passengers every year.

Kansai International Airport Statistics

Aircraft movements

Number of passengers

Cargo volume

Monthly performance list on a fiscal year basis

Monthly performance list of the number of international flights, passengers, freight volume, and those of domestic flights, and monthly total of international and domestic flights combined

Monthly performance list on a fiscal year basis

Number of Flight Services by Airline Company

Flight Schedule for 2018 Summer

Premises and facilities at Kansai International Airport

Opening
4 September, 1994
Area
1st Airport Island Approx. 510 ha
2nd Airport Island Approx. 545ha (planned total area)
Runway
A (1st) runway Length: 3,500 m € Width: 60 m
B (2nd) runway Length: 4,000 m € €Width: 60 m
Access bridge to KIX
Length 3,750 m
Width (Road) 29.5 m (6 lanes)
Height at the middle of the bridge 25 m
Passenger terminal
Entire length 1,672 m
Main building 318 m
Wings (South and North) 677 x 2
Floor space 116,126 m2
Gross floor area 303,443 m2
Wing shuttle
* Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) that connects the main building of the passenger terminal to departure and arrival gates of the north / south wings.
Dimensions of the train Length : 28.15 m  € Width : 2.69 m €  Height : 3.38 m
Maximum speed 30 km/h
Capacity (3-car train) For departure (1-car): 82 passengers
For arrival (2-car): 161 passengers
Train operation Unmanned automatic driving
Driving system Motor
Wheels Rubber tires

Access map

Kansai International Airport

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

History of Kansai International Airport

2018年

  • [ Jun. ]
    Business jet facility Premium Gate "Tamayura" opened.
  • [ Apr. ]
    Arrival duty-free shops opened.
  • [ Mar. ]
    KIX was awarded "Best Low-Cost Terminal" and "Best Baggage Delivery" in Skytrax's prestigious World Airport Awards 2018.
  • Premium Gate「玉響」

    Jun. 2018

    Premium Gate "Tamayura" opened.

2017

  • [ Sep. ]
    Established a new company and executed Project Agreement to operate Kobe Airport.
  • [ Aug. ]
    Formed KIX Pharma Community and began the process of obtaining IATA's CEIV Pharma certification.
  • [ Jan. ]
    Start of operations at Terminal 2 (International).
  • Terminal 2 (International) Opening Ceremony

    Jan. 2017

    Terminal 2 (International) Opening Ceremony

  • 神戸空港実施契約の締結

    Sep. 2017

    Executed Project Agreement to operate Kobe Airport.

2016

  • [ Apr. ]
    Kansai Airports commences its business as an operating company for the Kansai International Airport and Osaka (Itami) International Airport.
  • [ Jan. ]
    Hydrogen Station Opening Ceremony
  • Hydrogen Station Opening Ceremony

    Jan. 2016

    Hydrogen Station Opening Ceremony

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
  • [ Jun. ]
    Start of construction of Passenger Terminal Building(T3)
  • [ Apr. ]
    Terminal 1 renovation grand opening
  • [ Mar. ]
    Evaluation as an international airport by Skytrax "World Airport Awards 2015" "Best Low-Cost Terminal" "Best Baggage Delivery" Awarded first place in two categories.
  • [ Feb. ]
    Start of verification testing of hydrogen infrastructure.
  • T3 Festival for giving prayers for safety.

    Jun. 2015

    Start of construction of Passenger Terminal Building(T3)

  • Terminal 1 renovation grand opening

    Apr. 2015

    Terminal 1 renovation grand opening

2014

  • [ Nov. ]
    Start of construction of the main facilities of the new LCC terminal building (such as aprons and gates). Scheduled to be opened for use in 2016.
  • [ Oct. ]
    Start of passenger boarding bridge service that supports the upper deck of the A380
  • [ Jul. ]
    Announcement of policies for the enactment of operations such as special airport management and business at Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport.
  • [ Apr. ]
    Establishment of a FedEX hub for the North Pacific on the 2nd phase airport island.
  • [ Feb. ]
    Start of megasolar power generation.
  • Establishment of a FedEX hub for the North Pacific

    Apr. 2014

    Establishment of a FedEX hub for the North Pacific

  • Start of megasolar power generation.

    Feb. 2014

    Start of megasolar power generation.

2013

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

2012

  • [ 28 Oct. ]
    Start of operations at the first truly dedicated LCC terminal (Terminal 2 ) in Japan.
  • [ Jul. ]
    Integration of the management of Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport.
  • [ Apr. ]
    Establishment of New Kansai International Airport Co., Ltd.
  • [ Mar. ]
    Passenger terminal building renovations completed.

2011

  • [ Oct. ]
    Start of construction of dedicated LCC terminal begins (scheduled to open in Fall 2012).
  • [ May ]
    Issue of draft law regarding merger of Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport.

2010

  • [ Mar. ]
    Grand opening of KIX Airside Avenue (departure area renovated).
  • Grand opening of KIX Airside Avenue.

    Mar. 2010

    Grand opening of KIX Airside Avenue.

2009

  • [ Apr. ]
    Tolls have been lowered by half price due to selling of Airport Access Bridge.

2008

  • [ Aug. ]
    Renewal of runway A (1st Airport Island) was completed.
  • [ Apr. ]
    Windbreak fence was installed to cover entire Airport Access Bridge.

2007

  • [ 2 Aug. ]
    Opening of runway B.
  • [ Apr. ]
    The airport passed the official inspection for completion.
  • Opening of runway B.

    2 Aug. 2007

    Opening of runway B.

2006

  • [ Dec. ]
    The construction of the facilities on the second phase airport islands finished.
  • [ Jun. ]
    Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced that the airport's second runway would be opened for use as of August 2nd, 2007.

2005

  • [ Nov. ]
    Number of passengers since KIX opening reached 200 million.
  • [ Oct. ]
    Land foundation for the 2nd phase runway was completed, and runway construction started.
  • [ Jul. − Oct. ]
    Storage sheds for international cargoes improved.
  • Land foundation for the 2nd phase runway was completed

    1 Oct. 2005

    Land foundation for the 2nd phase runway was completed, and runway construction started

2004

  • [ Dec. ]
    Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation and Minister of Finance agreed on the 2nd phase construction work for limited facilities, with services to start from 2004.

2003

  • [ Oct. ]
    KIAC established Action Plan to achieve steady operational improvement.
  • [ Mar. ]
    KIAC formulated operational improvement framework.

2002

  • [ Dec. ]
    Accumulated volume of international cargo handled since KIX opened reached 5 million tons.

2001

  • [ Nov. ]
    Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation and Minister of Finance agreed on new business scheme of the 2nd phase construction work.
  • [ Nov. ]
    The 2nd phase airport island seawall was almost completed and the reclamation work began.
  • [ Apr. ]
    KIX was awarded "Monuments of the Millennium" by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • KIX was awarded Monuments of the Millennium

    19 Apr, 2001

    KIX was awarded "Monuments of the Millennium"

2000

  • [ Jan. ]
    Number of passengers since KIX opening reached 100 million.

1999

  • [ Jul. ]
    The governor of Osaka Prefecture licensed the company to carry out reclamation work in the public waters for the 2nd phase construction, and it commenced.
  • [ Jun. ]
    MOT granted official permission for the modification of airport facilities.

1998

  • [ Dec. ]
    New flight routes were introduced.
  • [ Apr. ]
    The company submitted a preliminary report to the Osaka and Wakayama prefectural governments and Wakayama city municipal government assessing the environmental impact of the 2nd phase construction. Prefecture licensed the company to carry out reclamation work in the public waters for the 2nd phase construction, and it commenced.

1997

  • The 2nd phase construction commenced

    14 Jul, 1999

    The 2nd phase construction commenced

1996

  • [ 11 Jun. ]
    Kansai International Airport Land Development Co., Ltd. was founded.

1995

  • [ 24 Jun. ]
    The Aeroplaza, a hotel and shopping center complex, was opened.

1994

  • [ 4 Sep. ]
    Kansai International Airport was opened.
  • [ Jun. ]
    The airport access railways started operation.
  • [ Jun. ]
    The Passenger Terminal Building was completed.
  • [ Mar. ]
    The airport passed the official inspection for completion.
  • [ Mar. ]
    The airport access bridge was completed.
  • Opening of the airport

    4 Sep, 1994

    Opening of the airport

  • Completion of the Passenger Terminal Building

    Jun, 1994

    Completion of the Passenger Terminal Building

1993

  • [ Dec. ]
    Construction of main airport facilities (runway, taxiways, and apron) was completed.

1991

  • [ Dec. ]
    Reclamation work on the airport island was completed.
  • [ May ]
    Construction of the Passenger Terminal Building began.
  • Completion of reclamation work on the airport island

    Dec, 1991

    Completion of reclamation work on the airport island

1989

  • [ Jun. ]
    The airport island seawall was completed.
  • Completion of the airport island seawall

    Jun, 1989

    Completion of the airport island seawall

1988

  • [ Dec. ]
    The airport island seawall was almost completed and the reclamation work began.

1987

  • [ Jun. ]
    Construction of the airport access bridge started.
  • [ Jan. ]
    Construction of the airport island seawall began.
  • [ Jan. ]
    The governor of Osaka Prefecture licensed the company to carry out reclamation work in the public waters for construction of the airport. Construction commenced on the airport island seawall.
  • Start of the airport island seawall construction

    Jan, 1987

    Start of the airport island seawall construction

1986

  • [ Apr. ]
    The company entered into a compensation agreement with the Federation of Fishermen's Associations in Osaka Prefecture. By November the company had entered into similar agreements with the Hyogo and Wakayama Federations of Fishermen's Associations and with the Izumisano Fishermen's Cooperative Association.
  • [ Jan. ]
    MOT granted official permission for construction of Kansai International Airport.

1985

  • [ Dec. ]
    The Cabinet Council approved the general plan for construction of Kansai International Airport facilities.
  • [ Oct. ]
    The company submitted to the Osaka prefectural government a preliminary report assessing the environmental impact of the proposed airport construction. Public announcement and disclosure were made and meetings were held to explain the project to local residents.

1984

  • [ Oct. ]
    Kansai International Airport Co., Ltd. (KIAC) was founded.

1982

  • [ Jul. ]
    Osaka prefectural government gave consent to MOT to implement the plan (followed by the consent of the Wakayama prefectural government in August 1982 and of the Hyogo prefectural government in February 1984).

1981

  • [ May ]
    MOT presented a set of proposals to the three prefectural governments (Osaka, Hyogo and Wakayama Prefectures): "Airport Plan for Kansai International Airport", "Kansai International Airport Environmental Impact Assessment" and "Regional Development Plan."

1974

  • [ Aug. ]
    The Council for Civil Aviation submitted to MOT a report recommending the Senshu offshore area as the best option in terms of scale and location.

1968

  • [ Apr. ]
    The Ministry of Transport (MOT) began surveying eight proposed airport sites: on the Osaka-Wakayama prefectural border; in the waters off the shores of Sennan, Kishiwada, Nishinomiya, Rokko, Port Island and Akashi; on Awaji Island.

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.