Kansai Airport in Japan to partially reopen after storm


Fri, Sep 07, 2018 - Page 5

Japan’s Kansai International Airport, which was shut down after Typhoon Jebi flooded the facility, is to partially reopen today, helping airlines to gradually resume services.

Japan’s third-largest airport by traffic numbers is to open one terminal, while ANA Holdings Inc’s low-fare unit Peach is to be the first to start flights, Yoshiyuki Yamatani, president of the airport operator, said in Osaka yesterday.

The Kansai airport is the gateway to the Osaka region, and only lags behind the Haneda and Narita facilities that serve Tokyo.

The airport is a key transport and cargo hub that lies on an artificial island in Osaka Bay.

It was almost directly in the typhoon’s path and was forced to close after its runways were flooded and a tanker smashed into the road and rail bridge linking the airport to the mainland.

Singapore Airlines Ltd, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd and Japanese carriers were among those that canceled hundreds of flights because of the airport shutdown.

The “plan is to reopen runway B and Terminal No. 2 for domestic flights,” Yamatani said. “No clarity yet on reopening of runway A and Terminal No. 1, as flood damage is high. No date set for full resumption of the damaged bridge. Inbound and outbound cars will use the undamaged side of the bridge.”

“Restoration of runway A and the damaged bridge are the main factors delaying the resumption of international flights,” he said.