Subang Airport reopens after more than three-hour closure due to haze

Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said operations at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2 in Sepang were running as usual and no closure being made. — Bernama pic
Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said operations at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2 in Sepang were running as usual and no closure being made. — Bernama pic

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 26 — The Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang, which was temporarily closed at 4pm due to poor visibility caused by haze, has been reopened at 7.30pm.

Department of Civil Aviation director-general Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, when confirming the matter, said the closure had to be made for safety reasons.

“We have to close temporarily after the visibility was limited to 500 metres,” he told Bernama when contacted today. 

He said operations at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2 in Sepang were running as usual and no closure being made. 

Meanwhile, Firefly Airlines, which operates in Subang Airport, through its official Twitter account, announced that all flight departing and arriving would be cancelled due to bad haze.

Malindo Air Chief Executive Officer Chandran Rama Muthy said its flight was delayed today due to the temporary closure of LTSAAS for all air traffic as a safety measure against reduced visibility.  

The visibility had been reduced to under 300 metres, deeming the runway unsafe for aircraft to land or take off, he said in a statement. 

“The worsening haze conditions caused the Malindo Air flights to be delayed.  However, the scheduled inbound and outbound flights have so far remained uncancelled.

“We are monitoring the haze situation closely as our top priority right now is the safety of our passengers and that they arrive at their destination safely,” he said.

Meanwhile, passengers whose flights are affected have been notified by the airline staff on their flight status and advised to contact 03-7841 5388 to change their flight date for free, or opt for a full refund for their flights. ­— Bernama