Caused By Limited Visibility; 100 of Flights Been Canceled Caused By Smog!
A total of 100 flights have been canceled. The government is struggling to overcome the disruption of air pollution caused by land and forest fires.
TRIBUNBATAM.id - Now the government is struggling to overcome the disruption of air pollution caused by land and forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan. While in terms of flights, several major airlines have canceled the flights that are affected by the visibility limitations caused by the thick smog that covered the air.
A total of 100 flights have been canceled. The airline of Garuda Indonesia and its subsidiaries, namely Citilink, and Lion Air Group from Lion Air, Wings Air and Batik Air canceled the flights. This was done based on the instructions from the Ministry of Transportation (Kementerian Transportasi) for airlines in order to prioritize the safety of all passengers in the midst of the ongoing fires.
“We call on flight operators, especially those that have delayed or canceled departures due to the fires, to provide their customers with services in accordance with their established policies,” said Polana B. Pramesti, the ministry’s air transportation director general, in a statement on Saturday.
“We ask airline customers to be patient, because safety remains the top priority.”
The visibility in the sky over Kalimantan has since worsened, making flight unfeasible and even downright impossible.
“As of Saturday, the visibility is limited to only 500 meters. Whereas the visibility considered safe for landings is 3,500 meters,” said Bambang Hartanto, the head of Kalimarau Airport in Berau, East Kalimantan.
Garuda Indonesia has canceled at least 12 domestic flights, considering the safety risks posed by the limited visibility.
Furthermore, flights with paths that were not directly over the affected regions were either delayed or rerouted to ensure that every plane departed smoothly.
Garuda Indonesia spokesman M. Ikhsan Rosan said the airline made the decision after thoroughly considering the possible safety and security hazards caused by the haze.
“We’ve taken measures to anticipate the effects [of the smog]. Such measures have impacted some flights. In light of this, we urge our customers to constantly check their flight schedules,” Ikhsan said in a statement on Sunday.
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