10 million non-Japanese fliers used Kansai International Airport in 2015


The number of foreign passengers on international flights using Kansai International Airport topped 10 million in 2015 for the first time since it opened in 1994.

The figure surged 59 percent from the previous year to 10.01 million, exceeding the number of Japanese users for the first time, which stood at 6.07 million, down 6.0 percent, New Kansai International Airport Co. said Monday.

The total number of passengers at the airport marked a record 23.21 million. The number of people on international flights jumped 24 percent to 16.25 million, also a record high.

Meanwhile, the number of passengers on domestic flights grew 11 percent to 6.96 million.

The operating company said 96,668 passenger flights used the airport last year, a 24 percent rise thanks to an increase in services by budget airlines.