Domestic Flight Services at Kansai Airport to Resume Friday

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Izumisano, Osaka Pref., Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)--Kansai International Airport, which has been closed due to damage from a powerful typhoon that struck Japan earlier this week, will be reopened to domestic flight services as early as Friday, its operator said Thursday.

However, there is no prospect yet for the restart of international flights using the airport located on an artificial island off the western Japan prefecture. The operator will continue efforts for an early restoration of full services at the 24-hour airport, the main gateway to western Japan.

Of the two runways at the airport, Runway A was flooded to a depth of up to about 50 centimeters due to high tides caused by Typhoon Jebi. Facilities at the airport was also damaged, with a terminal building hit by a power outage. Part of the access bridge to the airport became impassable as a tanker crashed into the structure because of strong winds from the typhoon.

Meanwhile, the airport operator found no major damage to Runway B or the Terminal 2 building, which is used mainly by low-cost carriers.

With aircraft expected to be procured, the operator now believes that it can restart domestic flight services if passenger transportation to and from the airport is secured.

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