MIAMI — Following typhoon Jebi’s passing through Western Japan last week, major floods over Osaka-Kansai Airport forced the airport to shut down on September 4.

Jebi is the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in over 25 years. Its name, which means swallow in Korean, caused more than 700 flights to be canceled as water flooded the airport’s runways, taxiways, and parking stands.

Numerous planes on-site were left partially submerged once the storm passed. The airport’s basement was also completely filled with water.

During the storm, a tanker hit the bridge that connects the airport to the city of Izumisano, leaving passengers stranded on the island where the airport was built upon.

According to local news, the 2,591-tonne tanker crashed into the bridge after super strong winds pushed it against the concrete structure.

Today, however, the airport’s terminals are partially back in operation. Terminal 1, reportedly, is back in operation.

The main runway is soon to follow, with efforts moving forward over the course of this week at nearby Kobe and Itami airports to accept new domestic and international flights.

Osaka-Kansai is the country’s third largest airport and main gateway to the Kansai region

Terminal 2 has remained open during the Typhoon as it did not suffer any substantial damage.

The airport’s management is expecting the main runway to become operational in the next few days. However, the main concern is to have the connecting bridge in proper working conditions.

Kansai airport officials noted that final preparations were underway to open a few domestic flights out of Terminal 1 on Friday morning, suggesting that the airport’s main runway is ready to accept incoming and departing traffic.

Japanese LCC, Peach Aviation, announced that it would resume flights from the airport on Friday morning.

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“Peach has been resuming its flight operations step by step in the wake of Typhoon Jebi,” said the airline’s CEO, Shinichi Inoue. “We’re happy to announce the resumption of our full international schedule from September 14.”