A Typhoon named Jebi in the west of Japan on September 4 and a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in the north of the country the next day forced two major airports to close: Kansai International Airport (KIX) and New Chitose Airport (CTS). About a thousand flights were canceled in both airports following the two catastrophes. Both should resume international flights on September 8, 2018.

Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka, west of Japan, was the first to partly reopen on September 7, 2018, after it was heavily damaged by Typhoon Jebi earlier in the week.

The airport, built on an artificial island, saw its apron and several of its buildings (including the fueling station) flooded on September 4, 2018. It also became completely isolated after a 2,591-tonne tanker crashed into the only bridge linking the airport to mainland. More than 3000 passengers and several hundred employees remained stranded on the island.

Internal flights resumed on September 7, 2018, while part of international routes should reopen the next day in Terminal Two.

The Terminal one, which was more affected by the storm, should reopen in a week, according to local media NHK. While the railway was cut by the tanker, a shuttle service operates on the remaining bridge lanes.


New Chitose Airport (CTS), in Sapporo, north of Japan, also resumed domestic operations on September 7, 2018. On September 5, 2018, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit the north of the country, making 18 confirmed victims and 22 still missing.

Its terminals suffered structural damages and power loss. However, the runways were unaffected.

Just like in Kansai, international flights in New Chitose airport should resume on September 8, 2018, according to an official statement.