Kansai Airports signs contact for terminal renovation

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Japan’s Kansai Airports and construction company Obayashi Corporation have signed a contract for the Kansai International Airport (KIX) Terminal 1 (T1) Renovation Project. The renovation is aimed at expanding the capacity of international flights and improving the passenger experience at KIX. Works are scheduled to commence on May 28, 2021, so that the main functions of the airport will be ready for use for the Osaka Kansai Expo 2025.

Kansai Airports’ representative director and CEO Yoshiyuki Yamaya and representative director and Co-CEO Benoit Rulleau commented, “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who supported the conclusion of the agreement for the T1 Renovation. As an international airport that plays a vital role in driving the Kansai region’s economy, we are committed to accommodating future air travel demand. At the same time, we will strive to provide a new and comfortable travel experience for airport guests, transforming the airport as the First Pavilion of the Osaka-Kansai Expo 2025.”

Schedule of works:

May 28, 2021: Start the renovation works on a full scale
Autumn 2022: Open the new domestic area on the second floor
Winter 2023: Open the central zone of the international departure area on the second floor
Spring 2025: Open the security screening area on the fourth floor and the international lounges on the third floor (*Main airport functions will be completed)
Autumn 2026: Open the north and south commercial facilities in the international departure area on the second floor

Obayashi Corporation president Kenji Hasuwa added, “We will use our best efforts and take every possible measure to ensure quality, safety and health during the construction so that KIX can offer a new terminal experience for all passengers and contribute to the success of the Osaka-Kansai Expo 2025 as the First Pavilion for foreign visitors.”

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