TRAVEL ALERT: Typhoon Jebi Impacts Travel To And From Japan

Travel News 06 Sep 2018

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
  • All Nippon Airways (NH) flight status and disruption advice HERE
  • 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

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.

For more information, FCM Travel Solutions customers should contact their travel consultant in the first instance or access our emergency assistance team, which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.