Haze not to blame for delay of some flights, says MAB

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Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Haze not to blame for delay of some flights, says MAB
By Jacqueline Raphael

MIRI: The delay of several flights leaving Miri in the last two days were not caused by the haze.

We have not received any report of flights being delayed or cancelled due to the haze, manager of Malaysia Airports Sdn Bhd (MAB) Miri, Kamaruzzaman Razali said when contacted to comment on the matter yesterday.

The delay of a number of flights since several days ago could be due to technical problems experienced by the respective airline companies, including late arrival, Kamaruzzaman said.

However late arrival of planes in Miri could delay departure for the next destination, he added.

Visibility at the runway of about 10 km was clear for landing or take-off, hence the haze could not have caused the delay, he said.

During landing, the lights along the runway can be seen from a distance of about 10 kilometre from the air, he said.

Furthermore, though we are experiencing haze, our communication system is quite sophisticated to ensure all flights land safely, he said.

The delay of three flights, one Fokker 50 and two Twin Otters belonging to MASwings yesterday fuelled speculation that the haze had been delaying flights.

Additionally, several other flights had also been delayed in the past few days.