Typhoon-Hit Kansai Airport Faces Long Road to Full Recovery

Economy Society

Osaka, Sept. 11 (Jiji Press)--One week after a violent typhoon struck western Japan, Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture is still suffering heavily from the damage as a large part of the airport's facilities remain out of operation.

While some domestic and international flight services have resumed using Terminal 2, where damage was small, the number of flights departing from and arriving at the airport is limited to some 90 a day, far below the daily average of 515 before Typhoon Jebi hit the airport on Sept. 4.

The typhoon has paralyzed the airport, a key gateway to western Japan, causing huge damage to the regional economy as distribution of goods has been stalled and the number of foreign visitors has plummeted.

Kansai airport partially restarted domestic flights on Friday and international services on Saturday. The airport operator aims to reopen part of flood-hit Terminal 1 around mid-September.

But the bridge connecting the airport, which sits on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, with the mainland has incurred heavy damage due to a tanker crashing into the structure. The bridge's railway line is expected to take about a month to reopen.

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