The Jakarta Post
Thick clouds of haze blanketing Riau forced authorities to suspend flights at the Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport, on Thursday.
Eleven flights operating to and from the airport were delayed due to low visibility caused by the dense haze.
'The visibility is below normal. Thick haze is blanketing the area, disrupting arrivals and departures,' said the airport's duty manager, Hasnan, as quoted by tempo.co.
Five flights could not take off due to the poor visibility. They were Air Asia's flight to Bandung, Citilink to Jakarta, Lion Air flights to Jakarta and Batam, and a Mandala flight to Yogyakarta.
Meanwhile, six flights were forced to delay their arrival. They were Air Asia's flight from Bandung, Citilink from Jakarta, Lion Air flights from Batam and Jakarta, Mandala from Jakarta, and Sky Aviation's flight from Malaka.
Hasnan said it was possible for an airplane to take off when the visibility was below 800 meters, however, the decision was in the hands of the pilot. But if the visibility was below 1,000 meters, it was not possible for a plane to land. (put/ebf)
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