The Kansai International Airport (KIX) is an airport built on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, south of the city of Ōsaka in Japan. It has been in service since September 4, 1994. Kansai Airport was designed as a 24-hour airport with two runways. The airport is connected to the island of Honshu , which belongs to the heartland of Japan, by a two-story bridge for rail and car traffic.
The main KIX passenger terminal, Terminal 1, is a single four-storey building and has a gross floor space of 296,043 square metres. Terminal 1 is also the longest airport terminal in the world. It has a sophisticated people mover system called the Wing Shuttle, which moves passengers from one end of the pier to the other. Terminal 2 is a low-cost carrier (LCC) terminal designed to attract more LCCs by providing lower landing fees than Terminal 1. It is exclusively occupied by Peach, Spring Airlines and Jeju Air. Other LCCs serving Kansai, such as Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Japan, and Cebu Pacific Air, use the main Terminal 1.
It is a hub for Japan Airlines (JAL), All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Nippon Cargo Airlines. It is the international service point for the entire Kansai region, where the metropolitan areas of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe are located. The former Osaka international airport at Itami continued to operate for domestic flights.
In 2018, Over 30 million passengers used the airport, including 16.25 million for international flights (10.01 million non-Japanese). Kansai International Airport was the busiest in Japan for travelers from China , South Korea and Hong Kong.
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