Haze suspends operations at 6 airports

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 23 2015 03:16 PM | Updated as of Oct 23 2015 11:16 PM

Malaysia's iconic Petronas twin towers and Kuala Lumpur's skyline are shrouded in thick haze on Wednesday (Oct. 21). Fires raging across huge areas of Indonesia are spreading the haze to other Southeast Asian countries, including the southern portion of the Philippines. Manan Vatsyayana, AFP

MANILA - Six airports in Visayas and Mindanao suspended operations on Friday due to the haze from the ongoing forest fires in Indonesia.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said those affected were the Cotobato Airport, Mactan Airport in Cebu, Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental, Tamblan Airport in General Santos City, Zamboanga Airport, and Davao Airport.

CAAP did not issue a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) prohibiting general aviation flight operations as the interruption in airport operations is not expected to last the whole day

Operations at the six airports will resume once towers achieve clear visibility.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has yet to release an advisory on cancelled or delayed flights due to bad weather on today.

State weather bureau PAGASA earlier said the southwest monsoon enhanced by typhoon "Lando" pushed the haze from Indonesia towards the Philippines. [https://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/world/10/20/15/indonesias-haze-reaches-philippines]

Indonesia has come under increased pressure from its neighbours to contain the forest fires caused by slash-and-burn agriculture practices, a report from Reuters said.

However, it has failed to put out the fires, with "hot spots" growing in eastern parts of the country and industry officials and analysts estimating the smoke will last until early 2016.

Indonesian scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research, Herry Purnomo said 30 million people had been affected by the haze this year. -- With a report from Henry Atuelan, radio dzMM