Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Close  
newsinfo / Regions

Haze forces cancellation of flights in Mindanao

newsinfo / Regions
  • share this

Haze forces cancellation of flights in Mindanao

/ 08:34 PM October 22, 2015
BLOCKING the sun and the usual clear blue sky, a thick haze, believed to be caused by the wildfires in Indonesia, blankets Davao City since last week. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration Davao Region said Typhoon “Lando’s” movement contributed to this phenomena. KARLOS MANLUPIG/INQUIRER MINDANAO

A thick haze, believed to be caused by the wildfires in Indonesia, blankets Davao City. KARLOS MANLUPIG/INQUIRER MINDANAO

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific flights from here to Manila have been canceled the past six days due to the haze that engulfed most of Mindanao cities, the state weather bureau said on Thursday.

Roy Jumawan, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA-Cotabato) weather specialist, said the haze that has been hovering over Central Mindanao since Saturday was brought about by forest fires in Indonesia and brought by southwest monsoon winds to the southern Philippines.

Charlene Jamero, another PAGASA weather specialist, said representatives from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao met Thursdaywith PAGASA and maintained the policy not to allow aircraft to land or take off from Awang airport due to the haze.

ADVERTISEMENT

“While the skies are quiet clear as compared to early this week, it is still not safe for any aircraft to land and leave the Awang airport,” she told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Jumawan said the haze came from forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia, and has spread to nearby countries like Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia due to the southwest monsoon.

He added that Typhoon Lando that hit the northern part of country contributed to the entry of haze in Philippine area of responsibility.

Jumawan said smoke, dust and small particles that engulfed the region have made it difficult for pilots to land and take off due to “very poor visibility.”

A staff of the Cebu Pacific ticketing office said the airline firm has not issued any statement on when the flights in Cotabato airport would resume.

A notice of flight cancellation had been greeting passengers at the main door of PAL office at Awang Airport from Saturday untilThursday morning.

Cebu Pacific flies twice from Manila-Cotabato-Manila everyday while PAL has one mid-day flight to Cotabato.SFM

ADVERTISEMENT

Inquirer calls for support for the victims in Marawi City

Responding to appeals for help, the Philippine Daily Inquirer is extending its relief to victims of the attacks in Marawi City

Cash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860.

Inquiries may be addressed to Inquirer’s Corporate Affairs office through Connie Kalagayan at 897-4426, ckalagayan@inquirer.com.ph and Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig at 897-8808 local 352, bkasilag@inquirer.com.ph.

For donation from overseas:

Inquirer Foundation Corp account:

Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Air pollution, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Awang airport, Brunei, CAAP, cancelation of flights, Cebu Pacific, Charlene Jamero, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, flight cancelation, forest fire, Global Nation, Haze, Indonesia, Kalimantan, Malaysia, Mindanao, Pagasa, Philippine Airlines, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Roy Jumawan, sky, Sumatra, Weather
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.




© Copyright 1997-2016 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved