Airlines complain about haze over Supadio airport

The burning will bring up the smog in large quantities and it will disrupt the flights. We hope the people realize this
Sungai Raya, W.Kalimantan (ANTARA News) - Several airlines have complained about haze caused by land burning in Sungai Raya sub district, West Kalimantan, which was reducing visibility at Pontianak`s Supadio airport, a local official said.

"Due to the drought now plaguing West Kalimantan, many pilots have complained about haze disturbing visibility over Supadio airport, especially in the morning," the chief of operations at Supadio airport, , Irmadani, said here Thursday.

According to him, the pilots protested because the visibility down to the runway at the Supadio airport covered by smog therefore it was o hard to see and visibility was low.

The pilots said it had became quite difficult to see the runway, although in aviation 400 feet of visibility was still tolerable and not very alarming.

However, the pilots` complaints must also be accommodated because if it is allowed to continue, further it would disrupt the flight activity in West Kalimantan, Irmadani said.

"It is estimated that because of the smoke in the near future, the airport was forced to close," he said.

Another threat is the disruption of the economy in West Kalimantan.

"Hence, there should be a precaution or prevention," Irmadani insisted.

The Supadio airport Pontianak management has been taking various steps, including calling through social networks like twitter that contains the suggestion for the local people not to burning lands, forests or playing kites around the airport.

"The burning will bring up the smog in large quantities and it will disrupt the flights. We hope the people realize this," Irmadani hope.

Meanwhile, the plantation company, PT Peniti Sungai Purun official in Pontianak district, West Kalimantan, said, 95 percent of fires in the area of ​​the company has been successfully extinguished and controlled.

"Reports from the officers indicated that," the corporate affairs of PT Peniti Sungai Purun, Didiet Fadriana said.

The land area burned in the company is estimated to have a consuming 400 hectares.
(KR-LWA)

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