Foreign Visitors Back to Typhoon-Hit Kansai Airport

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Osaka, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)--The number of foreign visitors using Kansai International Airport is returning to year-before levels one month after a powerful typhoon caused the western Japan airport to shut.

The number of flights to and from the airport in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture, has also recovered to predisaster levels.

Typhoon Jebi caused heavy rain and a storm surge, flooding the airport's runways Sept. 4. The airport was closed until it reopened partially Sept. 7.

But the recovery has not been strong enough to keep pace with recent passenger growth.

"Numbers suggest recovery, but we actually expected growth to 110 pct" of year-before levels, Yoshiyuki Yamaya, president of the airport operator, told a press conference Wednesday.

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