New LCC Terminal at Kansai Airport to Serve as Hub for New Airline "Peach"

New LCC Terminal at Kansai Airport to Serve as Hub for New Airline

A aircraft model of "PEACH" that will use the new LCC terminal at Kansai International Airport.

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A low-cost carrier (LCC) terminal will open at Kansai International Airport in Izumisano Osaka Prefecture in the second half of JFY 2012.

The announcement was made by Kansai International Airport President Shinichi Fukushima at a press conference held to present Peach Aviation Limited, the first Japanese LCC and a joint venture between All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) and Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Investment Group. The new terminal, with a total floor space of roughly 30,000 square meters, will reduce costs by having only one floor through most of the building, which will have a simple design focusing on functionality over style. The nine aircraft parking spaces on the apron will lack boarding bridges and will serve both international and domestic routes.

The terminal will open at the same time that LCC Peach begins operations based out of Kansai Airport, which will serve as the new airline's hub for routes connecting to Fukuoka, Sapporo and Seoul. Kansai Airport hopes to lure to the terminal other LCCs who are already doing business in Japan or who plan to do so.

The LCC-only terminal at Kansai is the first such terminal built at a Japanese airport.