Osaka International Airport (ITM)
History, Facts and Overview
Osaka Itami Airport opened in 1939 and was at that stage used extensively by the regional Imperial Japanese Army. In 1945, US military forces arrived and took over the site, which was now called the Itami Air Base.
By 1960, the air base was once again under the control of the Japanese and now named as simply Osaka Airport. At this stage, it began to attract many international airlines, such as Air India, British Airways and Pan American World Airways.
Due to the closeness of the residential area to Osaka Itami International Airport (ITM), it was deemed necessary to relocate some of the traffic to a new airport and so in 1994, Kansai Airport opened to the far south-west, in Osaka Bay. Today, Itami is mainly used for domestic flights around Japan.
There are ATMs located in all terminals as well as a post office and Internet kiosks. Wi-Fi access is available in selected areas of the Osaka Itami Airport. Shopping facilities are plentiful and include Kyoto handicrafts, while for dining and refreshments, there are Japanese, Chinese and Western options. Corporate passengers may be interested to know that a number of conference rooms can be found on level four of the north terminal.