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Haze causes chaos at Pekanbaru airport

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Pekanbaru   /   Sun, September 13, 2015   /  04:54 pm
Haze causes chaos at Pekanbaru airport Fight the fire: A fireman works to contain a wildfire on a field in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday. Wildfires caused by illegal land clearing in Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands often spread choking haze to neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. (AP)

Fight the fire: A fireman works to contain a wildfire on a field in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday. Wildfires caused by illegal land clearing in Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands often spread choking haze to neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. (AP)

Nineteen flights were canceled at Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport in Pekanbaru, Riau, on Sunday because of thick haze, airport authorities have said.

'€œGaruda Indonesia, Lion Air, Sriwijaya and Fire Fly have informed us of the cancellation of their flights for today,'€ said the airport'€™s duty manager Hasnan as quoted by Antara.

The four airlines, Hasnan said, which had cancelled their flights since Saturday, served both domestic and international routes, including from Pekanbaru to Jakarta, Medan and Kuala Lumpur.

He added that 68 flights should have departed from and arrived at Sultan Syarif Kasim II Airport, Pekanbaru, on Sunday, but as of noon, no flight activity had taken place, with visibility reduced to between 300 and 500 meters on Sunday morning. At around 10 a.m., visibility increased to around 1,000 meters.

Citing data provided by the airport'€™s information center, Hasnan said two airlines had informed the authorities that their flights would be ready for landing despite limited visibility of around 1,000 meters. The flights in question were an AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur and a Citilink flight from Batam. (ebf)

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