Kansai Airport Users in April-Sept. Down for 1st Time in 7 Yrs

Economy

Osaka, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)--The number of passengers on flights to and from Kansai International Airport in western Japan in April-September fell 2 pct from a year earlier to 13.91 million, down for the first time in seven years on a fiscal first-half basis, the airport's operator said Tuesday.

The fall came partly because the airport on a manmade island in Osaka Prefecture was temporarily closed due to strong Typhoon Jebi, which hit the country in early September, according to the operator, Kansai Airports.

The number of passengers who used international flights at the airport in the first half of fiscal 2018 rose one pct to a record 10.75 million.

On the other hand, the number of domestic flight passengers dropped 11 pct to 3.16 million, following a flight route consolidation by two low-cost carriers that have announced a business integration plan--Peach Aviation and Vanilla Air, both under the wing of ANA Holdings Inc. <9202>.

In September alone, the total number of passengers at the airport plummeted 48 pct year on year to 1.22 million, affected by the typhoon.

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