TRAVEL ALERT: Typhoon Jebi Impacts Travel To And From Japan

7 September 2018
Read Time: 1.8 mins

*UPDATE - Tuesday, September 11th, 2018*

Limited domestic and international services have resumed out of Kansai Airport (KIX) after it was flooded as a result of Typhoon Jebi.  Airport authorities hope to resume normal services within a week.
Important information:
  • Only Terminal 2 is open and operating.  Terminal 1 remains closed.
  • The only airlines currently operating are:
    • Japan Airlines (JL)
    • All Nippon (NH)
    • Spring Airlines (IJ)
    • Peach Aviation (MM)
  • More information including links to these airlines' websites HERE
  • The bridge between the airport and mainland has reopened to private cars and shuttle buses however train services (JR and Nankai) remain suspended.
  • The airport car parks remain closed.
  • Airport access information is available HERE

*UPDATE - Friday, September 7th, 2018*

Osaka's Kansai Airport (KIX) reopened to limited domestic services today.  There is no word yet when normal domestic and international services will resume.
The bridge connecting the airport with the mainland was damaged during Typhoon Jebi and remains closed to trains and private cars.  The airport is currently accessed only by ferry or bus.

Due to the severe Typhoon Jebi in western Japan, Kansai Airport (KIX) in Osaka will remain closed for up to a week or more.

The typhoon which tore over the region on Tuesday (local time) caused widespread damage including driving a tanker into the bridge that connects the airport with the mainland.  This caused the airport to be temporarily cut off although some connection has since been restored via ferry services.
In a separate incident, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido at around 0300 local time the following day.  It was centered inland and quite deep so no tsunami warning was issued however it has caused significant damage, including causing a landslide on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.
There are reports of landslides, power outages and building collapses which have left a number of people injured and/or trapped. A number of aftershocks have been felt and people in the region are advised to take care and avoid any damaged buildings and fallen power lines. 
Kansai Airport remains flooded with the runways and terminals affected. You can see the updates on the airport website HERE.

Airline information we have received:

  • The latest Jetstar (JQ) advice and flight information is HERE.
  • Thai Airways (TG) advice and flight information is HERE.
  • Japan Airlines (JL) disruption advice is HERE (scroll down)
  • All Nippon (NH) flight status and disruption advice HERE (scroll down)
  • Korean Air (KE) flight status HERE
  • Singapore Airlines (SQ) advice HERE
  • Cathay Pacific (CX) advice HERE
  • United Airlines (UA) advice HERE
  • American Airlines (AA) advice HERE (scroll down)
Please check directly with all other carriers.
The island’s main airport in Sapporo (Chitose - CTS) reports that a number of flights have been cancelled and delayed.  It appears though that the airport is not seriously damaged and flights are expected to resume.
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