Kansai Airports

Typhoon wave mitigation

 High wave mitigation – heightened seawalls

Kansai International Airport was hit by several mega-typhoons in 2004, and was exposed to some of highest tides and waves recorded in its 26 years. The airport sustained damage from the waves that came over the seawalls and eroded the existing roads.

This involved extending the concrete walls to a height that would be able to withstand the one-in-fifty-years wave heights experienced, and the highest tides on record in Osaka Bay (assumed to be during Typhoon Nancy in 1961).

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As of 1st April, 2016, Kansai Airports succeeded the operating right for both Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport. Please note that the name of the previous operator, New Kansai International Airport Company, Ltd., is described in some materials and articles related to previous operation.