Indonesia canceled all Jakarta flights due to Mount Merapi eruption

By on Nov 6, 2010 in World Comments

Indonesia was reported to have canceled all Jakarta flights due to the continuous eruption of Mount Merapi, which means both leaving and entering of flights are affected.

As published at The Jakarta Post, Indonesia announced a shutdown to its international airport at Yogyakarta and canceled all flights from Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, and Malaysia Airlines.

Other international airlines whose flights were also canceled are Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Air Asia. However, local flights were said to be fully operational.

According to its report, the cancellation of all flights to Jakarta was confirmed by corporate secretary of Soekarno-Hatta Airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II, Harry Cahyono.

The cancellation of international flights was said to have started at around 4pm, Saturday, and resume date and time was not announced, the news said.

Soekarno Hatta Interantional Airport in Jakarta was said to be biggest airport in Indonesia, and to be about 450 kilometers (280 miles) west of the roaring volcano, Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta.

Earlier, it was Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines that was said to have canceled their flights to Bandung due to ashes from Mount Merapi that have reached their city, and may affect visibility during the flight.

“All Air Asia flights to Hussein Sastranegara Airport in Bandung have been suspended due to volcanic ash particles,” Air Asia’s Bandung area manager Bangkit apparently told, an Indonesian news site.

As of this writing, nearly 100 casualties were reported due to Mount Merapi’s eruption and people feared that the number may still rise.

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