Kansai International Airport resumed some international flights on a runway relatively unaffected on Sept. 8, four days after it was forced to close during the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years.

Kansai Airports, operator of the airport, indicated at a news conference the same day that some of the flights may be resumed on the other runway, which was submerged by high storm tides on Sept. 4, by the middle of this month.

“Recovery efforts are progressing steadily, and we believe it is highly likely that we can restart operations within a week,” Yoshiyuki Yamaya, president of Kansai Airports, said of Terminal 1.

The operator also said it has proposed to the government that Osaka Airport and Kobe Airport in the Kansai region temporarily take over about 70 flights to and from Kansai International Airport a day.

The flights that resumed on Terminal 2 on Sept. 8 were 14 flights connecting with South Korea and China by Peach Aviation Ltd., a budget carrier, and All Nippon Airways Co., and eight cargo flights. Before the typhoon, Terminal 2 was assigned to low-cost carriers.

There were about 480 domestic and international flights to and from the airport a day during the peak summer period.

Between Sept. 9 and Sept. 13, Peach Aviation plans to operate up to 90 percent of the company's normal domestic and international flights.

That means Peach Aviation's daily domestic and international flights to and from the airport will total 40-44 flights and 20-22 flights, respectively.