Budget carrier Peach scores big space at Kansai Airport

Kansai International Airport in Osaka has unveiled a new terminal for budget airlines, and Peach Aviation is the big winner.

For the moment, Peach Aviation Ltd., will be the single occupant at the new 30,000 square meter terminal in Osaka Prefecture.  The airport is run by New Kansai International Airport Co., and the low cost carrier is the only airline looking for space at Osaka.

To that end, it gains a lot, as the new terminal launched last Sunday has a full array of restaurants and shops for passengers waiting to depart.  There are also currency exchanges and travel insurance agents, and a 700-square-meter duty-free shop near the waiting area for international flights.  Keiichi Ando, president of the operating company, says his goals are yet to be achieved, noting “we would like to increase the number of stores operating around the clock if late-night or early morning flights increase.”

Peach will operate five domestic and three international routes from the Osaka terminal, linking the airport with Seoul, Taipei and Hong Kong.