Published on : Monday, February 17, 2014
Eight flights from the Batam airport to four destinations in Java were cancelled on Saturday because the destination airports have not yet resumed operations after Mount Kelud erupted on Thursday night.
“Yesterday, seven flights were cancelled. Today, eight flights to Yogyakarta, Semarang, Surabaya and Bandung were cancelled,” said Suwarso, the general affairs department of Batam Hang Nadim International airports, said on Saturday.
The cancelled flights usually cover the Batam- Surabaya route four times since there are two flights operated by Lion Air and another two by Citilink, he said.
Other cancellations involved the Lion Air flights from Batam to Yogyakarta twice a day, the Lion Air flight from Batam to Semarang once a day and the Lion Air flight from Batam to Bandung and Surabaya, also once a day.
“The airlines have decided to cancel all the flights because the destination airports are not yet open. Airlines authorities are still awaiting confirmation about flight safety,” Suwarso stated.
Meanwhile, at 06:00 am Saturday morning, Mount Kelud spewed a plume of white smoke, rising to a height of 3,000 meters.
The eruption of Mt Kelud on Thursday, Feb. 13, forced some 200 thousand people to flee, and resulted in closures of airports and schools in several cities in Indonesia’s most densely populated island of Java.
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