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Haze disrupts flights at Balikpapan airport

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 1, 2015   /  02:29 pm

Garuda Indonesia's flights in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, have been delayed the past two days as a result of haze.

"We have been waiting for our flight to Palangkaraya for more than two hours," said passenger Amir Syarifuddin at the Sepinggan International Airport in Balikpapan on Tuesday morning as quoted by tempo.co.

According to Garuda Indonesia public relations officer in Balikpapan Ecky Lazuardi, for the past two days flights were disrupted as a result of the haze. On Monday, the authorities of Sepinggan Airport had also delayed the carrier's departure on the Balikpapan-Palangkaraya-Pontianak route of up to four hours.

"The delay also occurred in the morning, just like today," said Ecky.

Garuda uses an ATR aircraft, which can accommodate 70 passengers, to serve the Balikpapan-Palangkaraya-Pontianak route, which, according to Ecky, has limited visibility when the air is clouded by haze.

"Of course we have to prioritize the safety of our passengers," said Ecky. (nov/kes)(++++)

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