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A representative of the low-cost airline said Terminal 2 of Kansai International Airport has remained shut, while Terminal 1 is now able to cater for a few flights as a small section of it has been restored.
Relevant Japanese agencies are making all-out efforts to deal with the consequences of the typhoon, yet the exact completion date for the restoration work has not yet been identified. Airlines across the world are waiting for updated information to resume flights for the coming days.
Previously, Jetstar Pacific had said that it would cancel its Hanoi-Osaka flight BL620 on September 4 and Osaka-Da Nang flight BL165 on September 5. The carrier has to suspend a total of 38 flights between Vietnam and Osaka from September 4-20.
Typhoon Jebi, the strongest to hit Japan in 25 years, made landfall in western Japan on September 4. It flooded one runway and a terminal building at Kansai airport. What’s more, the only bridge connecting the facility, which is located on a manmade island, with Japan’s main island was damaged after a tanker crashed into it amid strong wind and high waves, according to Japan’s Kyodo News.
Hundreds of flights to and from Kansai International Airport have been cancelled so far. Japan’s Nippon Airways announced that it will cancel 247 domestic flights and eight international flights, while Japan Airlines will also cancel 176 domestic flights.