Renovated Kansai International Airport terminal reopens

Interior of new Kansai International Airport terminal.
Photo Credit: VINCI Airports

VINCI Airports, in collaboration with Japanese company Orix, have celebrated the grand inauguration of the revamped international terminal at Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX) on December 5th.

This transformation sees the capacity of the terminal increase from 23 to 40 million passengers ahead of Expo 2025 Osaka.

Redefining Space and Capacity

The primary objective of this ambitious project is a substantial increase in both capacity and operational efficiency.

KIX, with VINCI Airports at the helm, is set to accommodate a remarkable surge from 23 to 40 million international passengers.

This expansion doesn’t merely focus on numbers; it was also a meticulous plan to streamline operations, centralizing functions for immigration and security to ensure a seamless and secure travel environment.

The heart of this transformation lies in redefining the passenger experience to meet and exceed global standards.

The new international departure lounge showcases a cutting-edge walkthrough store and an iconic plaza inspired by the treasures of Kansai.

Step into the future with commercial islands embracing VINCI Airports’ innovative concept of design by mood.

These thematic islands house exclusive high-end stores from coveted brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, and more. The addition of local culinary delights further enhances the overall experience, positioning KIX as a leader among Asian airports.

Fostering Japan’s Tourism Growth

This visionary project not only caters to the immediate needs of increased passenger traffic but also aligns seamlessly with Japan’s broader tourism goals.

The enhanced facilities at KIX are poised to contribute significantly to the hospitality sector during Expo 2025 Osaka.

VINCI Airports, through its expertise, showcases the synergy of the concession model, blending public interest with private sector know-how and investment capabilities to deliver unparalleled projects.

A Message from VINCI CEO

In the midst of this transformative endeavor, Nicolas Notebaert, the CEO of VINCI Concessions and President of VINCI Airports, emphasized the collective expertise and value brought by VINCI Airports’ teams.

“This new international departure demonstrates the know-how of VINCI Airports’ teams and the added value we bring to the countries where we operate,” stated Notebaert.

“We develop and design innovative projects to position our airports at the forefront of passengers’ expectations and encourage positive mobility.”

This transformative project not only elevates KIX among Asian airports but also underlines the success of a model that combines public interest with private sector innovation.

By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 3 Min Read
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