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Jakarta Post

Low visibility due to haze disrupts flights in Pekanbaru

The Jakarta Post
Jakarta   ●   Tue, February 11, 2014

Haze caused by forest fires and fog blanketing Riau province disrupted flights to and from the Sutan Syarif Kasim II airport in Pekanbaru on Tuesday.

"Garuda and Lion Air, whose flights were scheduled to arrive at 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. from Jakarta, were delayed until 10 p.m.," airport duty manager Baiquni said as quoted by Antara news agency.

He further said that an Air Asia aircraft from Bandung, West Java, had also been delayed for two hours,

A number flights from the airport were also delayed since morning.

This was the worst haze in recent weeks in Riau, with visibility in some places reaching only 500 meters Baiquni said.

He said that the Pekanbaru Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) disclosed that the haze was the result of smoke from forest fires and thick morning fog. (idb)