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Kansai International Airport

Kansai International Airport
Airport information
Airport typePublic
OperatorKansai International Airport Co., Ltd.
LocationIzumisano, Sennan, & Tajiri
Osaka, Japan
HubAll Nippon Airways
Japan Airlines
Nippon Cargo Airlines
Elevation (17 ft)
Aircraft Movements108672
Passenger Movements13513447
Freight Volume633,777 t

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|} is an international airport located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay, 38 km (23.6 mi) southwest of Ōsaka Station, located within three municipalities, including Izumisano (north), Sennan (south), and Tajiri (central), in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. The airport is off the Honshu shore. The airport serves as an international hub for All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, and Nippon Cargo Airlines. Peach, the first international low-cost carrier in Japan, plans to make Kansai its main hub starting in 2012.

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Kansai opened in 1994 to relieve undercapacity at Osaka International Airport, which is closer to the city of Osaka and now handles only domestic flights. During the 2006 fiscal year (FY), KIX had 116,475 aircraft movements, of which 73,860 were international (31 countries, 71 cities), and 42,615 were domestic (19 cities). The total number of passengers was 16,689,658 of which 11,229,444 were international, and 5,460,214 were domestic, sixth in Japan and second in Osaka area. However, in 2009, Kansai Airport traffic has fallen by almost 20% in just two years to 13.4 million. Freight volume was at 802,162 tonnes total, of which 757,414 t were international (18th in the world), and 44,748 t were domestic. The 4000 x 60 m (2485.5 x 37.3 0 ) second runway was opened on 2 August 2007. Kansai Airport has become an Asian hub, with 499 weekly flights to Asia, 66 weekly flights to Europe and the Middle East, and 35 weekly flights to North America. It was ranked 4th overall in the Airport of the Year 2006 awards named by Skytrax, after Singapore Changi Airport, Hong Kong International Airport and Munich Airport.

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