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Japan's Kansai Airport to be reborn as inbound tourist hub

Departure area for international flights will be made 60% bigger

Foreign travelers account for 70% of international flight passengers at Kansai Airport.

OSAKA -- Kansai Airport will expand its capacity to handle international visitors as part of a planned upgrade, as the Osaka-area hub prepares for an uptick in arrivals for the 2025 World Expo and planned casino resorts.

The airport's Terminal 1 will expand its international departures area by 60% to claim space on the second floor along with the third and fourth, where it currently occupies. Departing foreign visitors who have gone through security will walk through duty-free shopping toward eateries, lounges and enlarged commercial facilities, giving them more souvenirs to choose from.

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