MUSCAT: Oman Air has cancelled its flights to Manila after a volcano in nearby Batangas province spewed a giant plume of ash. The Philippine Airport Authority suspended all flights to and from Ninoy Aquino International Airport due to the volcano.
In a statement issued on Monday, airline said: “Oman Air is on high alert and have suspended our services to Ninoy Aquino International Airport until further notice.”
According to the airline, passengers who have booked flights to Manila and were expected to travel to the city between 12 and 22 January 2020 can change their dates of travel with no additional fees. However, the difference in ticket pricing will be borne by the guest, the airline said.
It was reported that the Taal volcano, one of Philippines’s most active, spewed a kilometre-high column of ash, and several volcanic tremors were felt within the vicinity of the volcano. Taal’s last eruption was in 1977.
According to Reuters, the volcano near the Philippines capital spewed ash up to 15km (nine miles) into the sky on Sunday, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people, the cancellation of flights and warnings of a possible explosive eruption and volcanic tsunami.