Osaka Kansai International Airport occupies a purpose-built island in Osaka Bay, 38km from the city centre. It was opened in 1994 to reduce crowding at the older Osaka Airport, which today only serves domestic flights.
The airport is a notable feat of civil engineering. It was designed by Italian engineer Renzo Plano to stand up to natural disasters, and proved itself a year later when the facility was undamaged by the earthquake in nearby Kobe. Kansai International is known to many locals simply as 'Kankū'.
The airport is a hub for several Japanese airlines, including Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and low cost carrier Peach. International airlines such as Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, Korean Air, Emirates and many others connect Osaka with more than 30 countries worldwide. Osaka Kansai International has become one of the most important hubs in the Asia-Pacific region for flights to Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.
The airport has two terminals:
- Terminal 1 is the main terminal, which handles all international and domestic flights except Peach. This is where most of the airport's facilities can be found, including banks, restaurants, shops and lounges.
- Terminal 2 is designed for low cost carriers and is exclusively used by Peach. This terminal has limited facilities compared to T1. There are plans for a third terminal to house other low cost carriers in the future, but currently these use T1.
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Please note: all information is correct as of October, 2016.