Travel Alert: Kansai International Airport Closed Until Further Notice September 2018 Because of Typhoon Jebi

Approximately 5,000 people were stranded at Kansai International Airport — which serves the greater Osaka metropolitan area in Japan — because of its closure at noon on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 due to significant damage and flooding as a result of the impact of Typhoon Jebi.

Travel Alert: Kansai International Airport Closed Until Further Notice September 2018 Because of Typhoon Jebi

According to this notice which was posted at the official Internet web site of Kansai International Airport, all flights have been canceled at least through Thursday, September 6, 2018. The airport remains closed until further notice.

Additionally, electrical power has been unavailable in some parts of both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 since 1:30 in the afternoon on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

The roads for vehicular traffic — as well as the railway — are both closed until further notice, as access has been suspended since noon of yesterday. Also, south side access of the airport bridge — which crosses Osaka Bay — was substantially damaged due to a tanker which collided against the airport bridge at 2:40 in the afternoon on that same day.

The original official notice ended with “We apologize for the trouble caused.”

Typhoon Jebi

Typhoon Jebi — which was the strongest typhoon to impact the mainland of Japan within the past 25 years since Typhoon Yancy in 1993 — brought sustained winds of greater than 100 miles per hour as landfall occurred in Tokushima Prefecture during the middle of the day on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Wind gusts of greater than 125 miles per hour were recorded near Osaka.

A minimum of eleven people were killed — and greater than 300 people were injured — as a result of the impact of the typhoon. In addition, the storm caused widespread damage and power outages, which prompted airlines to issue travel waivers due to the many disruptions in travel in the form of greater than the cancellation of 700 flights.

Greater than 400,000 are without electrical power at this time, which has significantly improved from the 1.5 million people who were without electrical power during the brunt of the typhoon.

Summary

If the greater Osaka metropolitan area is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to the results of the impact of Typhoon Jebi; and if you must travel to this part of Japan, consider using an alternative airport and ensure that ground transportation is in operation and available to your final destination.

Source: Kansai International Airport.

One thought on “Travel Alert: Kansai International Airport Closed Until Further Notice September 2018 Because of Typhoon Jebi”

  1. Japan always faced with natural disaster, feel sorry for them

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