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KIX Announces Details of LCC Terminal Opening Oct 28

KIX Announces Details of LCC Terminal Opening Oct 28

Completion image of KIX LCC terminal.

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On July 31, Kansai International Airport in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture, operated by New Kansai International Airport Co., Ltd., announced details concerning the new dedicated low-cost carrier (LCC) terminal opening on October 28.

The new facility, "a truly dedicated terminal building optimized for the LCC business model," features a design offering excellent safety, functionality and economy. The steel building, parts of which are one or two stories, is located on the reclaimed land where the airport's second runway was built. The new terminal will have a floor space of approximately 29,790 square meters.

There are nine gates: two for international flights, four for domestic and three for both. Rather than using boarding bridges, passengers will walk to their planes. The LCC terminal will be linked to the Aeroplaza commercial complex adjacent to the current terminal building, the train station and other facilities via a free shuttle bus. Some highway buses and taxis will have direct access to the new terminal. There will also be parking for 300 vehicles.

While the interior has a thoroughly simple design one would expect of an LCC terminal, illumination from natural lighting and LEDs, glass windows, interior courtyards and other features will produce a bright and spacious atmosphere. Businesses will set up retail shops, dining establishments and services at 20 locations in the general area, restricted international area and restricted domestic area, some of which will stay open 24 hours a day.

At JPY 1,500 for international departures, JPY 400 for domestic departures and JPY 350 for domestic arrivals, the "passenger facility service charge" (PFSC) that travelers pay when purchasing air tickets will be cheaper than at the current terminal. The LCC terminal's official name will be Terminal 2, or T2, while the current terminal will become Terminal 1 (T1).

Peach, operated by Peach Aviation Ltd., and other LCCs plan to use the airport's new facility as their hub. Elsewhere in Japan, Naha Airport is also scheduled to open an LCC terminal in October, while a plan to construct one at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture is now in motion.

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