Airports Typhoon Jebi forces Kansai Airport to temporarily close

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The airport of Kansai has announced, that it had to close the airport due to Typhoon Jebi.

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The airport will remain being closed on Thursday. Kansai Airport said, that both runways are not suitable for operations and are therefore closed. The reopening of the airport is yet to be announced.

According to transport ministry officials, at least one runway and most of the terminal buildings have been flooded. Typhoon Jebi heavily hit the west coast of Japan with strong winds and heavy rainfall this week. As result, the 3,500-meter-long asphalt runway is nearly 4 meters above sea level, making any aviation operations impossible.

As Kansai Airport is located in the water, it is only connected by a road for cars and trains, and a bridge. Both street and bridge have been closed as well. It remains unclear, if the bridge has suffered sustainable damage.

Reportedly, Typhoon Jebi has left the Terminal buildings of Kansai Airport with severe damage. Moreover, power outages have been recorded in both Terminal buildings. The media also says, that about 3,000 passengers are currently stranded at the airport. A speed boat service has been commenced between Kansai International Airport and Kobe Airport.

Kansai Airport is one of the most important airports in Japan. In 2017, the airport handled nearly 28 million passengers, while recording over 185,000 aircraft movements. KIX is a hub for All Nippon Airways, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Peach, FedEx Express, Japan Airlines and Jetstar Japan. The airport is located within three municipalities, including Tajiri, Sennan and Izumisano and was initially opened in 1994 to relieve Osaka International Airport, which is located closer to the city centre.

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