Stranded passengers hire bus after flight delayed

Stranded passengers hire bus after flight delayed
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Dozens of stranded passengers at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java decided to hire a bus to Mataram after their flight to the West Nusa Tenggara capital was delayed due to the eruption of Mount Raung in East Java.

The passengers told on Friday that they took the alternative route via land because their flights had been delayed since yesterday.

"We should have flown yesterday. But because of the eruption, the flights have been delayed until now and they are also not flying today. So we decided to refund the tickets and take the bus," one of the passengers, Abdil Azis, said.

Each passenger had to pay Rp 350,000 (S$35) to ride the bus, Abdil added.

The majority of the passengers were Mataram residents, who work in Surabaya. They were planning to go back to their homes to celebrate Idul Fitri. They claimed that they had complained to airline companies for not providing accommodation for the passengers during the incident.

Mount Raung is reported to have erupted again and its ashes have suspended dozens of domestic and international flights from airports in Denpasar, Bali, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara; Banyuwang and Jember in East Java.

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