Thai Airways International (has resumed its regular service (after Kansai…
Thai Airways International
has resumed its regular service
after Kansai international airport
17 days after
flooded its facilities
crippling the western Japan region's main international air gateway
on Sept 4.
Long lines of travellers formed in front of check-in counters
at the airport
the northern area of Terminal 1
It was the last section
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a day before the disaster.
was used by an average of around 80,000 passengers
from early morning
The airport operator said
about 470 domestic and international flights are scheduled to depart and arrive at the airport on the day.
who lives in Wakayama prefecture
before boarding her flight to Hong Kong
she had been forced to change her schedule repeatedly due to the typhoon.
who plans to visit her sister in San Francisco via Hong Kong.
"I can finally go on a trip. Although my trip will be shorter than initially planned, I want to enjoy it"
The typhoon flooded the airport's Terminal 1 building,
one of its two runways
while high waves
strong wind caused a tanker
to crash into the sole bridge connecting the airport
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a blackout in most of its buildings
was unable to drain water that had flooded the runway.
It was not until Sept 7
that the airport partially reopened
A week later
it started using the southern area
of Terminal 1
the other runway.
two daily flights
from Suvarnabhumi to Kansai airports.
on the Bangkok-Osaka route
During the disruption
in the vicinity – Itami
hosted 44 domestic flights
through Monday that had been scheduled to use Kansai airport.
Train services to and from the airport resumed
on Tuesday after a railway operator fixed damage
to tracks from the tanker collision
although the road section of the bridge is not expected to fully reopen until around May 2019.