TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The low-cost carrier Wings Air has effectively canceled any flights from June 24 to June 26 due to the eruption of Mount Dukono at North Halmahera.
The airliner managed under Lion Air Group canceled trips between Sultan Babullah Airport, Ternate, to Leo Wattima Airport in Morotai.
“The operations at Leo Wattimena airport has effectively closed since June 24, at 08:55 East Indonesia Time (WIT) which will last to June 26. Expect further notices,” said Wings Air Corporate Communications Strategic Danang Mandala in a written statement today, June 25.
The flights' cancelation had to be done, said Danang, because of the safety hazard posed by the volcanic material traveling through the air in the vicinity of the eruption.
Lion Air Group announced that there would be rescheduling and refunding for customers that have purchased flight tickets that were canceled.
“Wings Air has notified each of our customers,” said Danang.
Mount Dukono erupted since two days ago and is seeing its 600 meter-high volcanic ash clouds heading to the north and northeast of the mountain.
FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA