Osaka Kansai Spotting Guide
All major Japanese and Asian airlines fly to Kansai, as well as a number of low-cost carriers and airlines from North America and the Middle East.
Airlines and AircraftOsaka Kansai is a hub for ANA All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Japan and Peach. It is also a cargo hub for FedEx Express and Nippon Cargo Airlines.
The airport is served by most Asian regional airlines and worldwide long-haul carriers, making the mix of traffic very interesting for spotters. Despire Osaka Itami Airport still being in operation, Kansai also serves numerous domestic destinations.
Interesting airlines serving Kansai include:
- Air Busan
- Cebu Pacific
- Eastar Jet
- Far Eastern Air Transport
- Garuda Indonesia
- Myanmar Airways International
- S7 Airlines
- Thai Airways
- T’way Airlines
- Yakutia Airlines
Osaka Kansai Spotting Locations
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The official spotting location at Kansai is an elevated platform at the eastern end of the airport, close to the threshold of runway 24L. It has excellent views over this runway and the terminal gates, so you won’t miss any aircraft or registrations.
Photography is also good, with the classic view of aircraft passing over the road bridge possible.
The Observation Hall is free and open 8am-10pm (10pm at weekends).
Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport
Kansai Airport, Osaka 549-0001 | +81 455 1111 | www.nikkokix.com
Rooms on the top floor facing the airport have views of the taxiway, runways and part of the terminal.