Japan’s Billion-Dollar Airport Is Sinking, Crores Of Passengers Fly Every Year

Ashish Kumar Mishra
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Kansai International Airport

Japan has always been ahead in technology and has made many records in its name. Japan had registered its name in history by building an airport on the sea, but now that airport is slowly sinking. An artificial island was created to make the Kansai International Airport located in Greater Osaka, Japan. More than 20 billion dollars have been spent on constructing this airport, but now it has reached the verge of sinking.

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The Airport Will Sink

Kansai International Airport started functioning in 1994. After continuous operation for 30 years, this airport is now in danger of sinking. After a study conducted in 2018, experts have claimed that this airport has already sunk by 40 feet, which is 25 per cent more than estimated. This study has also revealed that by 2056, this airport will sink another 13 feet, and water will enter the airport.

Crores Of Passengers Travel Every Year

The construction of this airport started in 1987, and it took 7 years to complete. This airport is also special because its runway is twice as long as that of normal airports, i.e. up to 4000 meters. It is situated at a distance of two miles from the sea.

Apart from Osaka, Japan, this airport is very important for the passengers of nearby cities. It is the third busiest airport in Japan and the 30th busiest airport in Asia. Planes fly here 24 hours daily, and more than 2.5 crore passengers travel annually. This airport serves as a base station for Japan Airlines, Nippon Cargo Airlines and All Nippon Airways.

20 Billion Dollars Were Wasted

To build this airport, lakhs of water has been taken out through machines. After this, a sea bed was made in the sea. A sea-protection wall has also been built around the airport to protect it from seawater, but despite all these efforts, the airport is in danger of sinking. The total cost of making this airport is more than 20 billion dollars.

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