KUALA LUMPUR, June 2 – Local airline companies are operating as usual despite a volcano eruption in Indonesia. The three main airlines, Malindo Air, AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) have confirmed that there have been no interruptions due to the situation and their flights were operating as usual. Malindo Air Chief Executive Officer, Chandran Ramamurthy said the airline will continue to monitor the situation and comply to advice from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), traffic controllers and airport authorities.
“As for today, we are still operating as usual. We will continue to monitor the situation and schedule our flight operations accordingly”, he said when contacted by Bernama here, Monday. The Sangeang Api volcano off the Indonesian island of Sumbawa is now erupting continuously after an initial blast on Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, an AirAsia spokeperson said the volcanic eruption had not affected the airline. “There is no flight cancellations to and from Indonesia due to the volcanic eruptions. AirAsia is operating as usual” she said. MAS via the Short-Messaging System (SMS) told Bernama: “No disruption to MAS flights today”.