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Japan's Kansai airport plans $900m capacity and safety upgrade

Operator aims to accommodate 10m more travelers a year at international hub

Japan's Kansai International Airport, near Osaka, aims to finish its first large-scale renovation in its 25-year history by 2025. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)
Kansai International Airport, near Osaka, aims to finish the first large-scale renovation in its 25-year history by 2025. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

OSAKA -- Japan's Kansai International Airport looks to invest about 100 billion yen ($911 million) through 2025 to upgrade the larger terminal, seeking to boost capacity at the country's No. 2 hub for foreign flights.

Kansai Airports, the facility's operator, also plans to bolster disaster protection measures after Typhoon Jebi caused severe flooding at Terminal 1 and one of the airport's two runways in September. The upgrades represent the first large-scale overhaul of the Osaka-area airport in its 25-year history.

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