Haze: Air passengers warned of possible flight disruptions

PUTRAJAYA: Air passengers have been warned of possible interruptions to their flight plans due to poor visibility caused by the haze.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has advised its passengers on the possibility of last-minute flight cancellations and re-timing following the haze situation over the past few days.

The airlines said it was also keeping a close watch on five airports for possible closure or interruptions.

They are Kuantan's Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport, Kota Baru's Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Kuala Terengganu's Sultan Mahmud Airport, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

"Safety is of paramount importance (and) ensuring our guests reach their destination safely will always be our main priority," MAS operations director Captain Izham Ismail said in a statement here yesterday.

The national carrier, he said, had formed a haze secretariat to monitor the situation on an hourly basis and provide updates thrice daily.

Passengers can check the status of MAS flights on the company's website or via its toll-free number at 1-300-88-3000.

In Sepang, the worsening haze in the Klang Valley has yet to affect flights to KLIA.

Malaysia Airports Bhd senior general manager (operation services) Datuk Azmi Murad said there had not been any reported delay.

"To date, everything is operating as normal and we are monitoring the situation closely.

"Visibility is fine. We will only close the runway when visibility is less than 300m," he said.

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