The Jakarta Post
Up to 18 flights in Notohadinegoro Airport in Jember regency, East Java, have been canceled due to the eruption of Mount Raung's in the last few days.
Standing at 3,332 meters above sea level, the mountain has continuously erupted since its status was raised from 'waspada' (alert) to 'siaga' (high alert) on June 29.
"The volcanic ashes heading to Jember have caused the Notohadinegoro Airport to close down. The airport actually opened at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, but it was still thickly hazed, and so Garuda decided to cancel its flights to Surabaya," said Notohadinegoro airport's technical managing unit (UPT) head Edy Purnomo as quoted by Antara news agency.
The disaster has caused national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia to cancel 14 flights from Jember to Surabaya and Susi Air to call off four of its Jember-Sumenep flights.
"I don't know whether the airport will open today or not since we will have to coordinate with authorities such as the Flight Navigation Service [AirNav], Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency [BMKG] and the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center [PVMBG] prior to opening the airport," Edy added.
Meanwhile, Garuda Indonesia has reportedly chosen to offer flight reschedule option for its passengers until September instead of refunding their tickets. (kes) (++++)