September 06, 2018 11:07
Typhoon Jebi forced Japan's Kansai International Airport to close down on Tuesday causing chaos for travelers in Japan.
Many typhoons have hit the country over the last 25 years, but Jebi wrought new levels of devastation, inundating the busy gateway to Osaka and major travel hub.
Tragically, Tuesday was the day Kansai celebrated its 24th anniversary.
All flights in and out of Kansai were canceled on Tuesday and Wednesday and put on hold on Thursday. Some 50 flights to Korea a day take off from the airport.
Some 15,000 passengers were scheduled to fly from Kansai to Korea. Most changed their flight plans, but some ended up being evacuated from the airport.
Instead, carriers are sending passengers to airports in neighboring Nagoya and Fukuoka and deploying bigger planes.
Korean Air is sending larger aircraft to accommodate hundreds more passengers stranded there. Asiana also dispatched larger planes to Nagoya to boost passenger space. Jeju Air deployed three more airplanes to nearby Nagoya.
It is unclear when flights will resume at Kansai. Most of the water that inundated the landing strips has been drained, but they remain unsuitable for use.
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