Thick haze disrupts flights as it blankets parts of South East Asia

Haze caused by forest fires in Indonesia disrupted flights in Jambi and Surabaya on Tuesday, with Singapore and some areas of Malaysia recording unhealthy air quality due to the drifting smoke.

Singapore smog, 2013.

Singapore smog, 2013. Image by Brian Jeffery Beggerley / CC BY 2.0

Largely caused by the widespread clearing of forests in Indonesia for oil palm plantations, the haze reportedly led to delays of up to seven hours at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, on Monday, and forced the cancellation of all commercial flights at Sultan Thaha Airport in Jambi province on Tuesday. Read more:

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