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‘World’s most unique airport’ is $20bn rectangle in middle of the OCEAN battered by typhoons…but gets 20m fliers a year

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THE world’s most unique airport sits on a bizarre $20billion rectangle in the middle of the ocean and gets pelted by typhoons.

Kansai International Airport is located three miles offshore making it an easy target for the elements.

The Kansai airport is located on an artificial Island

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The Kansai airport is located on an artificial IslandCredit: Shutterstock
In 2019 it was Japan's third largest airport

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In 2019 it was Japan’s third largest airportCredit: Getty
Kansai is only connected to the mainland by a thin bridge

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Kansai is only connected to the mainland by a thin bridgeCredit: Shutterstock
The airport cost $20billion to build

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The airport cost $20billion to buildCredit: Getty

Despite its questionable set up – being the worlds first airport built on water- Kansai still manages to attract an average of 20million jet setters per year.

And, in 2019, the number rose to a whopping 32million making it Japan’s third busiest airport.

It also boasts a 4,000 metre runway – nearly double the normal length.

The airport opened in 1994 and was constructed in atop an artificial Island – only connected to the mainland by a thin bridge.

This was so that it could run 24 hours per day without disturbing the locals.

But, although the location seemed like a stroke of genius, it wasn’t all it cracked up to be.

Excited by the financial prospects the designers had missed one crucial detail.

As the building stood alone, with no shelter or protection, it would be repeatedly struck by extreme weather conditions.

The worst of these came in 2018 when the notoriously lethal typhoon Jedi barrelled across the area wreaking havoc at the airport and causing it to close temporarily.

Thousands of terrified passengers became stranded as the storm began to “severely flood” the building and shake the infrastructure.

Things then took a turn for the worst when it took hold of a tanker and repeatedly slammed it against the bridge – causing $44.78million worth of damage.

Recently the airport announced that due to its precarious location it will carry out an earthquake and tsunami drill so that staff are prepared for worst case scenarios.

It took took three years, 10,000 workers and 10 million man-hours to assemble the 30-or-40-metre layer of earth over the sea floor and inside the sea wall.

The 1.9 mile bridge that connects the island Rinku Town cost $1 billion alone.

This isn’t the only time one of the world’s most unique buildings has been in the news recently.

Earlier this week we told of the world’s loneliest McDonald’s restaurant.

The restaurant is the only one on the Island of Samoa, meaning some locals have yet to try its special menu – which features an incredible McAiga Meal for £38.

And we also told of the World’s biggest dump as big as 1,200 football pitches.

The Apex Landfil has so far collected a whopping 50million tons of “stinking” garbage.

This image shows grounded planes after the temporary closure due to the typhoon

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This image shows grounded planes after the temporary closure due to the typhoonCredit: Getty
The airport was built on the water so it could run a 24 hour operation

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The airport was built on the water so it could run a 24 hour operationCredit: Getty
The airport is particularly vulnerable to the elements

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The airport is particularly vulnerable to the elementsCredit: Shutterstock

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