SINGAPORE Nov 6 Several airlines have halted
flights between Singapore and the Indonesian capital of Jakarta
due to the risk posed by ashes from an active volcano,
Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI) and Changi Airport said on
Mount Merapi in central Java began spewing deadly clouds of
ash and superheated gas last week, killing over 100 people and
forcing the evacuation of more than 150,000.
Indonesia has already shut its international airport at
Yogyakarta, with flights diverted to the nearby city of Solo.
[ID:nJAK94927] The Indonesian capital Jakarta lies to the west
of Mount Merapi.
"So far, 11 flights from Singapore to Jakarta have been
cancelled today," Changi Airport's spokesman told Reuters.
The affected carriers include Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa
(LHAG.DE), Turkish Airlines (THYAO.IS), AirAsia (AIRA.KL) and
A Silkair flight to Solo was also cancelled, the spokesman
An SIA spokeswoman said the Singapore flag carrier
suspended flights to and from Jakarta from around 3 p.m.
Singapore time on Saturday due to adverse movements in the
volcanic ash clouds.
(Reporting by Kevin Lim, editing by Andrew Marshall)