Kansai to grow T1 airside commercial space by 50%

By Charlotte Turner |

Kansai International Airport (KIX) owner, Vinci Airports has told TRBusiness that once a transformation of Terminal 1 is complete, the airside commercial area will be 50% larger, ‘allowing for a wider offering and a renewed airport experience’.

 

The renovations which will take place over a four year period began in May this year. These include improving the efficiency of check-in, security and immigration processes to allow passengers more free time to browse the shops and restaurants. The new commercial area will also face the central boarding gates making it more accessible to passengers right up until they board their flights.

 

“In retail and F&B, the airport will introduce a mix of internationally renowned brands and concepts along with Japanese and Kansai concepts that will create a unique sense of place,” Vinci told TRBusiness.

 

“The airport will bring unique offerings. Vinci Airports will be looking for innovative concepts as it did for Itami with several “first in airport” retail and F&B concepts.”

 

ITAMI REOPENING

As reported, Kansai Airports (part of the Vinci network) reopened its renovated North and South Terminals at Osaka International Airport (Itami) in August last year marking the conclusion of the airport’s first renovation in around 50 years.

Beauty brands on display at the main KIX Duty Free Shop in Terminal 1 North.

Beauty brands on display at the main KIX Duty Free Shop in Terminal 1 North.

Initially scheduled for July 2020, the grand opening was delayed by around a month due to the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

 

Vinci Airports said its renovation of KIX will see it continue to develop the digitalisation of its commercial offer with the aim of engaging passengers before they arrive at the airport, alerting them to what they can find in the shops and what prices they can expect.

The KIX Duty Free Shop at Kansai Airport Terminal 1 South.

The KIX Duty Free Shop at Kansai Airport Terminal 1 South.

Vinci stresses that sustainability is also key to the airport’s development and as such a number of initiatives have been put in place, including one to reduce the use of plastic. KIX Duty Free shops have replaced its plastic bags with PEFC paper bags and Vinci said it plans to action this ‘with all partners’.

 

RETAIL ‘INTEGRAL TO THE T1 TRANSFORMATION’

The commercial component of the new transformation at Kansai International Airport is ‘an integral part of this process, driven by Vinci Airports guiding principles: customer experience, authenticity and innovation & sustainability’, said the airport owner.

 

As well as enhancing the passenger experience with the retail transformation at Kansai International Airport, the T1 renovation aims at increasing the international passenger capacity ahead of the 2025 Osaka World Expo.

An artist's impression of the new KIX Duty Free store which opened at Terminal 1 in December last year.

An artist’s impression of the new KIX Duty Free store which opened at Terminal 1 in December last year.

The four-year transformation, supported by the Japanese government will make the airport the ‘First Pavilion’ of the 2025 World Expo in Osaka. “It will offer Expo visitors an experiential and user-friendly space, a showcase of Japan’s innovation culture,” added Vinci.

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