East Indonesia: 2 airports closed due to volcanic ash

Two airports in Indonesia’s eastern province of North Maluku have been closed due to ash and smoke from Mount Dukono volcano.

They are Leo Wattimena airport in Marotai Island and Gamarlamo Galela airport in Halmahera Utara.

Airport authority closed Leo Wattimena airport at 08:55 a.m. local time on Monday and the move will end at 09:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday, according to Wing Air which has cancelled two of its flights from and to the airport.

Gamarlamo Galela airport has been closed since Friday due to the volcanic ash, head of the airport Ahmad Saifudin said on Tuesday, adding, “The volcanic ash from Mount Dukono is very dangerous for flight.”

Previously, Leo Wattimena airport was closed in March and April due to a volcanic eruption.

Mount Dukono alert status was put at the third highest level with no-go zone of 200 meters from the crater, according to the country’s volcanology agency.

Mount Dukono volcano is one of the 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, a vast archipelagic nation home to over 17,500 islands.