Super typhoon Jebi hit Japan during early September and had consequences for air passengers. Traffic to and from Osaka, Japan second major international hub, was interrupted due to damage on the airport infrastructure. In the last weeks, the operator has gradually reestablished operations until resuming all services on September 20.
Kansai International Airport was severely affected by typhoon Jebi, which hit Osaka area on September 4. Huge waves invaded the airport apron and runway due to tide surge, causing extensive damage to the facilities as the airport stood under water. It took three days to resume partial operations on Terminal 2, used only for domestic flights. Terminal 1, where most international airlines are located, partially reopened on Friday 7, with only one runway fully operational. Major airlines including Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways and Vietnam Airlines were able to resume operations.
As reported by NHK News, the operator of Kansai International Airport expects to fully reopen Terminal 1 on Friday 21, both for domestic and international flights, bringing the total number of flights close to its normal operating capacity.
About Kansai International Airport
The airport is linked to many destinations in the Greater Mekong Sub-region: Bangkok-Don Mueang (Scoot and Thai AirAsia) and Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi (Thai Airways), Da Nang (Jetstar Pacific), Hanoi (Jetstar Pacific, Vietnam Airlines and VietJet Air from November) and Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam Airlines and VietJet Air from December).
Kansai International Airport is in the list of low lying airports that the Airports Council International (ACI) consider vulnerable to rising sea levels and extreme storms due to climate changes. The ACI accounted that 25% of the top 100 busiest airports are less than 10 meters above sea levels. In Asia, the list includes Bali, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Hong Kong, Kansai, both Shanghai airports as well as Tianjin. Among smaller airports within the GMS, seaside airports could face also troubles in the case of heavy flooding. This includes Krabi, Phuket and Pattaya U-Tapao in Thailand; Da Nang, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc in Vietnam; Yangon in Myanmar and Sihanoukville in Cambodia.