AirAsia Cancels Flights over Merapi Eruptions

AirAsia Cancels Flights over Merapi Eruptions

KUALA LUMPUR

Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia said on Tuesday it had cancelled flights to Yogyakarta and Solo for the day due to the eruption of Mount Merapi.

The volcano began erupting a week ago, forcing up to 50,000 people into temporary shelters, and on Monday spewed more heat clouds and ash.

“The flights… to Yogya and Solo have been cancelled only for November 2. We will update if there are any further developments,” an AirAsia spokeswoman said, referring to four flights to the cities.

Searing grey fumes and ash shot high into the sky and rolled down the slopes of the 2,914-metre mountain, the country’s most active volcano, on Monday, spreading fear and panic among nearby residents in central Java.

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