Int'l Flights Paralyzed in Western Japan after Typhoon

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Osaka, Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)--International flight services have been paralyzed in the Kinki western Japan region due to the closure of Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture following a powerful typhoon this week.

International flights in the region are concentrated at the airport and no other airport is equipped to offer alternative services.

Domestic flights at Kansai International Airport will resume as early as Friday, according to Kansai Airports, the operator of the airport on a man-made island.

But for international flights, passengers need to use other airports for the time being, including Tokyo International Airport at Haneda, Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of the country's capital, and Chubu Centrair International Airport in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan.

Osaka International Airport, or Itami airport, and Kobe Airport are located near Kansai airport. But international flights at Itami were transferred to Kansai airport following the latter's opening in 1994, while Kobe Airport was developed only for domestic flights from the beginning.

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