Kansai International Airport is an international airport located in man-made islands in the Bay of Osaka. Off the coast of Sentai and Ishiki Osaka, Japan is often referred to in Osaka as Osaka Airport or Osaka Airport. Designed by architect Renzo Piano. KIX opened on September 4, 1994.
Kansai international Airport (KIX) is the first 24-hour operated international airport in Japan. Aiming at resolving environmental problems seen at Osaka International Airport (Itami or ITM) and meeting the growing demands for air transport in the Kansai region, KIX was built on landfill, 5 kilometer offshore of the Senshu area, which is located southeast of Osaka Bay, taking full account of environmental protection.
KIX grows as an International Hub Airport in the Kansai Region
The Kansai region where KIX is located is one of the major economic regions in Japan with a population about 21 million and with a gross regional product about 92 trillion yen. To be specific, the gross regional product accounts for approximately 19% of GDP of Japan.
In addition to its economy, also in terms of its culture, this region is one of the foremost regions that have outstanding tourist attractions, including Kyoto and Nara, both of which are ancient capitals and centers of traditional culture of Japan that have the status of world cultural heritage, as well as containing numerous national treasures and important cultural assets. The airport therefore has played an important role in providing an air gateway connecting this attractive area with various regions in the country and other countries around the world in order to support the exchange of goods and people at home and abroad.
In fiscal year 2012, the number of takeoffs and landings was approximately 129 thousand, the passengers about 16.8 million, and the volume of cargo some 90 thousand tons. In response to the anticipated growing demand for air transport and to reinforce the international competitiveness, the 4,000-meter second runway was equipped in August 2007. Owing to this superb runway, KIX has become a 24-hour operated airport.