THAI cancels Manila flights due to volcano eruption

Thais advised to avoid areas near volcano

Residents evacuate their homes near the erupting Taal Volcano in Agoncillo, Batangas City, the Philippines, on Monday. (Reuters photo)

Thai Airways International has cancelled five flights between Bangkok and Manila after a volcano eruption closed the airport serving the Philippines capital.

The airline said on Monday outbound flights TG620 and 624 and return flights TG621 and TG625 were called off on Monday.

THAI on Sunday cancelled flight TG625 after the temporary closure of the airport.

TG620 normally leaves Suvarnabhumi airport for Ninoy Aquino airport in Manila at 7.45am and TG624 departs at 1.55pm. Return flight TG612 leaves Manila at 1.10pm and TG625 at 7.10pm. All were cancelled.

The airline said it is closely monitoring the situation in the Philippines after the eruption of Taal volcano south of Manila on Sunday.

Ninoy Aquino airport partially opened on Monday, but needed to clean up the accummulated ash from the volcano.

"Clean-up operations have been carried out in view of the effects of ash emission of Taal Volcano," the airport said on a Facebook message on Monday.

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THAI said it will waive rebooking fees for passengers between Bangkok and Manila between Jan 12-27 if they change their flights, but the postponement must be made by Jan 27.

The Thai embassy in the Philippines advised Thais to avoid travelling to the areas around the volcano, which is a major attraction  near Manila. It ius also recommended they wear masks and avoid outdoor activities in areas affecrted by falling ash from the volcano.