Kansai International Airport Reviews
The construction of the man-made island was done throughout 1987 to the 1990s; the airport built to gain the losing trade of the Kansai region to Tokyo was opened in 1994.
Not to scare you: even after twenty years of planning, three years of construction, and fifteen billion (US) dollars of investment, the man-made island sunk, making for the most expensive civil works project in modern history. Kansai International Airport is located 15 feet above sea level, and the site is built on compacted fill. So, it suffers from subsidence that it sinks at 2-4 centimetres a year.
Though, on a positive note, Kansai International Airport had always been there and kept on fighting even after earthquakes and typhoons hit them. In this review, we’ll be talking about Kansai International Airport (KIX).
Getting your way around one of the largest airports in Japan is easy because numerous information counters are found throughout the airport. Locations are in Terminal 1 on the first, second, and fourth floors. The main information center is located at the northern side of the second floor. Terminal 2 has an information desk in the main concourse. A Tourist Information center is in Terminal 1 as well.
If you’ll think that transfer between terminals is complicated, it’s not. Because, they are just a walking distance from each other. Travellers with a baby or a small child can borrow strollers in Terminal 1.
There are many cafés, bars, and restaurants at Osaka Kansai International Airport, serving both Japanese and Western fare. The majority of these options are in Terminal 1, but Terminal 2 has a small selection of restaurants and cafés; newsagents and a wide variety of shops are available at Kansai International Airport, including duty free outlets, designer boutiques, electronics retailers, and gift shops.
To stay connected, free unlimited-access Wi-Fi is available throughout KIX.
For a list and more detailed information of the facilities, click the links below:
- Service Facilities – http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/service/
- Shops and Restaurants – http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/resshop/shop/shop_search/
- Internet Service – http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/service/internet/
The KIX airport lounge is open for 24 hours and no advanced reservations are needed. Though, a restriction is given under the Osaka Prefectural Ordinance of Juvenile Protection: customers under the age of 16 cannot use the lounge between the hours of 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM, and customers under the age of 16 – when accompanied by a guardian – and customers within the ages of 16 and 17, cannot use the lounge between the hours of 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM. The airport lounge is located in Terminal 1 on 2F (North).
Getting To and From
If you are driving your way to Kansai International Airport, the road access is built via a dedicated access bridge (with a toll gate on entry). This connects to the Bayshore Route on the Hanshin Expressway, which leads northwards to Osaka. There’s also a direct rail access to Kansai International Airport, so that means railway companies can be your other means of public transport.
Making your way out? Buses are available to all major hotels in surrounding destinations, while shuttle services are available from MK Skygate Shuttle. Also, taxis are readily available outside the terminals, serving central Osaka and other destinations.
Location – Traffic – Service
Kansai International Airport is situated 50 km (31 miles) southwest of Osaka, and serves as the hub for All Nippon Airways, FedEx Express, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Japan, Nippon Cargo Airlines, and Peach. KIX is the international gateway for Japan’s Kansai region, which contains the major cities of Kyoto, Kobe, and Osaka. Currently, the airport has only two terminals and runways. The public type airport had already accommodated 23 million passengers last year.
Kansai International Airport Reviews
Looking through 58 Kansai International Airport reviews on Skytrax, the airport had been making a steady standing on their rating with their passengers. They actually got a total of 6/10 rating. Good enough, but checking the current updates and comments, it seems like customers are not that happy with their overall experience at Kansai International Airport. Some are complaining over long lines and some about the immigration.
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- Airport Code: KIX
- Phone Number: +81 72-455-2500
- Website URL: http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/index.asp
- Address: 1 Senshu Kuko Kita, Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture 549-0001, Japan
A third terminal facility is planned for the airport, scheduled to open in March 2017. Did you know that Kansai International Airport is at the 9th spot now on the World’s Top 100 Airports? Cool, right? KIX had been on the 12th spot last year, but now rose 3 steps forward.
We’ll be looking forward to seeing more about Kansai International Airport in the future. Being part of the Top 10 is no joke. Just imagine an airport competing and being compared to Incheon International or Singapore International Airport. The Asians sure had been good at getting numbers and recognition globally.
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