Garuda, Sriwijaya Cancel Yogyakarta Flights Over Merapi Fears

By webadmin on 08:54 pm Nov 07, 2010
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Jakarta Globe

Jakarta. Following uncertainty over Mount Merapi’s volatile condition, Adi Sucipto international airport, Indonesia’s national airline Garuda and Sriwijaya Air have canceled all flights to Yogyakarta until Nov. 9.

Garuda normally runs eight flights from Jakarta to Yogyakarta and two flights from Denpasar to Yogyakarta.

“[We urge] all passengers to re-check their
flights and for those who want to refund their tickets there will no be
surcharge,” said Pujobroto, vice president of corporate communications of Garuda Indonesia, in an official statement.

In addition, he said, with flight conditions between Yogyakarta and Solo also still uncertain, flights from Yogyakarta will not be diverted
to Solo.

He also reiterated that there had not been any official declaration that Soekarno Hatta airport had been affected by Merapi’s
volcanic ashes and nor was it closed down.

“Garuda will still continue its services for domestic and international flights to and from Soekarno Hatta airport,” he said.

Sriwijaya Air has also decided to cancel flights to Yogyakarta.

Toto Nursatyo,
commerce director of Sriwijaya Air, said in an
official statement that the board had decided to close Yogyakarta for two days, Nov. 7 and 8.

“The decision was made in the interest of flight safety and we will form a monitoring team to check any new
developments,” stated Toto.