TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Domestic flights at the typhoon-damaged Kansai International Airport in western Japan will resume Friday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday.
International flights will also restart as soon as the airport is ready, he said. Airport officials said the previous day it may take about a week to fully reopen the airport if damage to its runways and facilities is serious.
Concerns have been raised about the impact of a prolonged closure of the country's third-largest airport on business, trade and tourism.
Additionally, New Chitose Airport near Sapporo in northern Japan was closed on Thursday due to an earthquake.
Thousands of stranded passengers were evacuated Wednesday from Kansai airport by ferries after Typhoon Jebi struck Japan's main islands a day earlier.
A bridge providing the only road and rail access to the airport from the mainland was severely damaged by a tanker that smashed into it after being ripped from its mooring by the strong winds and high waves.
The typhoon killed 11 and injured over 400 across western Japan.