December 5th marked a significant milestone for Kansai International Airport (KIX) and VINCI Airports, as they inaugurated the newly renovated international terminal of KIX.
This major overhaul, a collaborative effort between VINCI Airports and Japanese company Orix since 2016, aims to revolutionize the travel experience for international passengers.
The renovation project, initiated to enhance the passenger experience and expand the space dedicated to international travel, was celebrated in the presence of Nicolas Notebaert, CEO of VINCI Concessions and President of VINCI Airports. This ambitious initiative is set to transform Kansai International Airport into a leading global travel hub, boosting its capacity from 23 million to 40 million international passengers.
Key to this transformation is the improvement of operational efficiency, with centralized immigration and security functions designed for smoother processes. However, the highlight of the renovation is the passenger experience. The new departure area introduces a walkthrough store and an iconic plaza that pays homage to the Kansai region’s cultural treasures. Additionally, the terminal now features commercial islands based on VINCI Airports’ concept of ‘design by mood.’ These thematic islands are home to high-end stores from luxurious brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Hermes, and Gucci, alongside new dining options showcasing local specialties.
The revamped terminal does not only cater to the needs of travelers but also bolsters Japan’s tourism industry. It is anticipated to play a significant role in accommodating visitors for the upcoming Expo 2025 in Osaka, showcasing the Kansai region’s famed hospitality. The project serves as a testament to the effectiveness of the concession model, which combines public interest with the expertise and investment capabilities of private operators.
Nicolas Notebaert, reflecting on the project, said, “This new international departure demonstrates the know-how of VINCI Airports’ teams and the added value we bring in the countries where we operate. We develop and design innovative projects to position our airports at the forefront of passengers’ expectations and encourage positive mobility.”
The renovation of Kansai International Airport is more than just a physical transformation. It represents a forward-thinking approach to airport management and passenger service, setting a new standard for airports worldwide. By focusing on both operational efficiency and enhanced passenger experience, KIX is poised to become a preferred destination for international travelers and a proud emblem of Japan’s commitment to world-class infrastructure and service.
With the completion of this renovation, Kansai International Airport reaffirms its position as a major player in the aviation industry, ready to welcome the world with open arms and unmatched quality in its offerings.