Kansai International Airport (KIX) is still working to restore full operations at its international cargo area, which had been extensively damaged by the storm surge caused by Typhoon Jebi on 4 September.
Kansai Airports, the operator of KIX, said restoration work was continuing in the international cargo area as of end-last week. About 90 per cent of normal international cargo flights were scheduled to be operated last Friday, indicating the restoration work is nearly complete, and far earlier than previous estimates that said it could be “months” before operations were back to normal.
FedEx Express’ North Pacific Regional Hub which is located at KIX, escaped any damage to its facilities but its flights were grounded for four days until Saturday 8 September.
The airport company made the comments as it announced the full opening of Terminal 1 on Friday 21 September which had suffered extensive damage from the storm surge.
As for passenger flights, a total of 469 flights (128 domestic, 341 international) were scheduled last Friday, almost the same number of flights as during regular operation. Flight capacity has recovered to about the same level prior to the typhoon, for the first time in 17 days since the disaster.
As far as other damage, flooding of an electric power facility underground on the north side of Terminal 1 had caused a blackout that was restored by Thursday. Repair work at a baggage claim area was also completed. Previously, Terminal 2 reopened on 7 September and the south side of Terminal 1 reopened on 14 September.