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The primary international gateway for the Kansai region
KIX has unique features
-operate flights 24 hours a day
-the longest terminal in the world
(total length of 1.7 km)
In 1987, Started construction
⇒In 1994, Opened
In 2003, Started construction of the second runway
⇒In 2007, Opened
In late 2012, Opened the new terminal building
Future outlook and expansion plans
one of the most expensive airports on the planet
-total cost of KIX so far is over $15 billion
-40% over budget mostly due to the sinking problem
Still deeply in debt
-losing $560 million in interest every year
The aircraft landing fees are very high
-discourages air companies from using the airport
-increasing the ticket cost
Kansai’s passenger departure tax : $26
(among the highest in the world)
Japan Civil Aviation Bureau - the civil aviation authority of Japan for security and safety.
-set the standards for security measures
-inspect overall security systems in airports, aircraft and equipment
-check the operation and maintenance systems of the air carriers
-confirm the ability of aviation personnel
Environment impacts Cont.
The airport construction has been carried out in unsustainable ways by dumping tons of rocks and concrete blocks into the sea
The clay seabed has been much faster sinking than expected.
The passenger terminal had sunk by nearly 12 meters since in 1994.
-installing an ingenious system of jacks under the pillars
-inserting large steel plates underneath
Kansai International Airport(KIX) in Japan
Management and ownership
KIX was built on an offshore artificial island to minimize noise, safety and local pollution problems.
The increased traffic and noise pollution effectively keep away the fishes as well as endanger the ecosystem of the Osaka Bay.
The sea's living beings depend largely on the survival of small creatures
(ex.) small crabs
- require gently sloping edge of water
- cannot attach to the steep concrete wall during tide
Air Canada will begin direct non-stop service between YVR and KIX from May 1 2015.
This new route will also bring growth, hundreds of jobs and economic benefit.
Regulatory framework/bodies Cont.
JTSB requires air carriers to have
-plans detailing the notification about an accident the handling of manifests
-training of support personnel
-management of personal effects
Kansai International Airport Company, Ltd (KIAC)
-owns and manages the land of KIX
In 2012 New Kansai International Airport Corporation, Ltd.(NKIAC)
KIX and Osaka International Airport (ITM)
-reinforcement as an international hub airports
-meet the ever-increasing air transport demands in the Kansai region
-accepting LCC to expand the airlines’ routes
-transforming itself into an air cargo hub
Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) – Japan's authority for
-improving transportation safety
-preventing the occurrence of accidents
-minimizing the damage caused by them
-determining the probable cause of accidents based on its investigations and studies.
KIX has several plans for future expansion.
-add a third runway at 3,500 meters long in between the two existing runways
-build a third terminal for use by other LCC
and scheduled to open by March 2017
-accommodate its increasing cargo capacity with a cargo terminal
Good news for me!
The total economic value produced by the second phase development of the project was
about $94.6 billion and 190,000 new jobs nationwide,
of which $85 billion and 150,000 jobs went to the Kansai region.
An expansion will
-increase economic and social activities
-play a positive factor in improving the economy of Osaka and the greater Kansai region
Economic impacts Cont.
Many of Kansai’s expansion plans are still in their planning stages.