Development 31.05.2021

VINCI Airports launches modernization work at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan

As concessionaire of Kansai International Airport with its partner ORIX, VINCI Airports has launched work to upgrade the airport's Terminal 1 - the largest work at Kansai International Airport since it opened in 1994. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the airport to pray for the safety and success of the project.

In line with Japan's strategy of opening up to tourism and the economic development of the Kansai region, this work continues and accelerates the modernization of Kansai's airports initiated by the start of the concession in 2016. The aim is to create more capacity, enhance operational efficiency and improve the passenger experience without building a new terminal - an approach that optimizes existing space and meets VINCI Airports' environmental objective.

The work will consist of a complete redesign of the airport's international route: security checks, boarding, emigration, commercial areas and arrivals. The new walkway will highlight the architecture of the building designed by Renzo Piano, and new technologies will optimize the flow of passengers and improve the passenger experience. Domestic passengers will also benefit from a new, more functional and compact space, with more services and a wide range of commercial services until boarding.

All renovated spaces will be equipped with the best environmental standards to reduce energy consumption, and will enhance accessibility, fluidity and comfort for all.

Supported by the Japanese government and planned to take about 4 years, this work will make the airport the "First Pavilion" of the 2025 World Expo in Osaka. It will offer Expo visitors, upon their arrival, an experiential and user-friendly space, a showcase of Japan's innovation culture.