Kansai International Airport is a public international airport that serves from an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay. Located at 34.434167 latitude and 135.232778 longitude, within three municipalities namely Izumisano, Sennan, and Tajiri, or north, south, and central respectively, the airport serves the Greater Osaka Area and operates as hub for All Nippon Airways, FedEx Express, Japan Airlines, Nippon Cargo Airlines, and Peach. Kansai International Airport has two asphalt concrete runways measuring 3,500 to 4,000 metres or 11,483 to 13,123 feet.
Flying in and out of Kansai International Airport, some of its destinations include stops within the countries of Malaysia, South Korea, China, France, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Finland, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Vietnam, and the United States, along with local stops within Japan like Tokyo, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Ishigaki, and Naha. The airlines that operate scheduled and seasonal flights include AirAsia X, Air Busan, Air Canada Rouge, Air China, Air France, Air India, Air Macau, Aircalin, All Nippon Airways, Cebu Pacific, Emirates, EVA Air, Japan Airlines, Peach, Scoot, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, and Vietnam Airlines, to name a few.
Kansai International Airport’s primary passenger terminal, or Terminal 1 is a four-storey building that measures at 296,043 square metres or 3.2 million square feet. The airport is considered the longest airport terminal worldwide, with a total length of 1.7 kilometres or 1.1 miles, from each ends. Also, when within Terminal 1, the terminal features the “Wing Shuttle,”,a people mover system that gets airport travellers from one end of the terminal to the other. The terminal has an airfoil-shaped roof aimed at promoting better circulation within the building. Within the terminal are giant air conditioning ducts that blow air upwards from one side of the terminal and moves the air through the curved ceiling, along with mobiles also working with improving air flow. Terminal 1 ticketing hall oversees the international departures concourse with the two areas separated by a glass partition. In the past, visitors and travellers often throw various objects over the partition to the friends located in the corridor below. However, the airport has modified the partition to stop the practice.
The airport’s Terminal 2 is the terminal for low-cost carrier or LCC. The terminal has lower landing fees and is exclusively occupied by Peach. Also, some of the LCCs like Jetstar Airlines, Jetstar Japan, and Cebu Pacific Air, serve Kansai currently via Terminal 1 to move to Terminal 3 upon completion. Terminal 3 is planned to be built also to handle other LCCs, with its completion postponed for a year to handle some issues.
Services and Facilities
When within Kansai International Airport, additional services and facilities provided in the airport include Baggage facilities and services like storage, delivery, porter service, and coin lockers, among others; Rental service with wheelchairs, strollers, mobile phone, and Wi-Fi router for rent; Children’s area with playing areas, baby and nursing rooms; Waiting areas with the airport lounge, airline lounges, showers, VIP rooms, conference room, and smoking room. The airport also has a police area, post office, clinic, meeting area, pet hotel, prayer room, and battery charging stations. Additionally, the airport also has restaurants, cafes, and shops within its terminals.