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Kansai International Airport is an international airport located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay, 38 km southwest of Osaka Station, located within three municipalities, including Izumisano (north), Sennan (south), and Tajiri (central), in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. The airport is off the Honshu shore and was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The airport serves as an international hub for All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, and Nippon Cargo Airlines, and also serves as a hub for Peach, the first international low-cost carrier in Japan.

Kansai opened on 04 September 1994 to relieve overcrowding at Osaka International Airport, which is closer to the city of Osaka and now handles only domestic flights. In 2016, 25.2 million passengers used the airport making it the 30th busiest airport in Asia and 3rd busiest in Japan. Freight volume was at 802,162 tonnes total, of which 757,414 t were international (18th in the world), and 44,748 t were domestic. The 4,000 m × 60 m second runway was opened on 2 August 2007. As of June 2014, Kansai Airport has become an Asian hub, with 780 weekly flights to Asia and Australasia (including freight 119), 59 weekly flights to Europe and the Middle East (freight 5), and 80 weekly flights to North America.

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Our tour of the world in 2018 begins with Kansai International Airport. Located on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, it serves the major cities of the Kansai region, from which it takes its name. This airport is connected by several railway lines, including the national high-speed rail network.

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Product: Geo Tiff format
Satellite/Sensor: Sentinel-2 (Optical) and Sentinel-1 (ASAR)
Resolution: 10 metres (Optical) and 5 metres (Radar)
Acq. Date: 02 Nov 2017 and 19 Nov 2017
Band Combination used to create this image: 4, 3, 2 (R-G-B) Visible colour layers and greyscale (Single Band)
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