Terminal 1 Reopens At Kansai Intl. Airport

Terminal 1 reopens at Kansai Intl. Airport

Kansai International Airport has partially reopened another terminal that was inundated when Typhoon Jebi hit western Japan 10 days ago.

The southern side of Terminal 1 reopened on Friday. The flooding caused a power outage on September 4th.

Domestic and international flights at the airport partially resumed last weekend, using Runway B. Terminal 2 was reopened at the same time.

Terminal 1 is used by more airlines than Terminal 2.

Passengers began checking in for international flights at the southern side of Terminal 1 early on Friday morning.

A woman traveling with her daughter said they were heading for Singapore, where her husband works. She said she is happy that their flight will depart as scheduled.

On Friday, 115 flights -- 36 domestic and 79 international -- are expected to use Terminal 1 and the 2 runways.

The operator, Kansai Airports, says it expects to get Terminal 1 fully up and running by reopening the North Wing on Friday next week.

The typhoon's powerful winds rammed a fuel tanker into the bridge that connects the airport on a man-made island with the mainland.

All the damaged girders were cleared away by Friday morning. The operator says it expects the train service to the airport will resume on Friday next week.