Renovating Kansai International: The gateway to western Japan

Tsuyoshi Emura, Executive Officer, General Manager of T1 Renovation PMO at Kansai Airports, tells International Airport Review about the project and what it is looking achieve.

Kansai Airports is undertaking a large‑scale renovation of Terminal 1 (T1) of Kansai International Airport (KIX), for the first time since its opening in 1994, to accommodate increasing inbound passengers. With the concepts of “expand international capacity,” “enhance airside area,” and “improve passenger experience,” we will expand the capacity of international flights and enhance our commercial and dining zones to greatly upgrade the attractiveness of the airport.

The construction will be carried out in four phases. As phase 1, we have been developing a new domestic area, and in phase 2, we will renovate the former domestic area into a new international departure area. This will enable us to rearrange the layout for international and domestic areas as well as the ratio of landside and airside, thereby increasing international capacity and enhancing airside. At the same time, we promote fast travel by utilising technologies such as self-check-in and self-baggage drop to provide a smooth journey with less waiting time.

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