Thick fog has covered Pekanbaru, Riau, since the early hours of Wednesday morning, reducing visibility to a mere 50 meters, and causing delays to six flights from and to the city’s Sutan Syarif Kasim II Airport.
“The fog is really a problem. Lion Air and Batavia Air planes that were supposed to depart to Jakarta at 6:30 a.m. and 6:35 a.m., respectively, had to be delayed. A Garuda plane supposed to fly to Jakarta and a Sky Air plane supposed to depart to Malacca, both at 7 a.m., have also been delayed,” the airport’s manager on duty Gurit S. said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.
Four planes were still parked on the runway at 8 a.m. due to the thick fog, he said.
“A Silk Air plane from Singapore and a Lion Air plane from Jakarta supposed to arrive at 7:50 a.m. and 7:55 a.m., respectively, have yet to land, causing passengers [waiting for the planes] to pack the waiting room,” Gurit said.
However, none of the passengers complained since they understood that it was possible for planes to arrive or depart on time under such conditions, he said. (iwa/mtq)