Wednesday, November 3, 2010

S'poreans going ahead with holiday plans to Bali, Lombok

SINGAPORE : Singaporeans are going ahead with holiday plans to Bali and Lombok.

The two Indonesian islands are some distance from Mount Merapi which is spewing volcanic ash across central Java.

Travel agents Channel NewsAsia spoke to said some clients were concerned about the Mount Merapi eruptions.

But there have been no cancellations to Bali and Lombok for the long weekend ahead.

Ramesh Travel Services' Manager for Product Development, Mansha Ashok, said the company has not had any booking cancellations to Bali and Lombok over this weekend.

Indonesia on Wednesday re-issued a warning to airlines not to fly certain routes over central Java because of volcanic ash.

Agents have stopped selling travel packages to Solo and Yogyakarta since the eruptions began on October 26.

These two cultural holiday spots, which are closer to Mount Merapi, are popular among expatriates.

Managing Director of Travelways Pte Ltd, Gulam Mohamad, said Travelways has stopped organising trips and group travel packages to the Yogyakarta and Solo, the two regions affected by the Mount Merapi eruptions.

Travel to Yogyakarta and Solo was affected on Tuesday after several airlines cancelled flights citing poor visibility in the region due to volcanic ash.

SilkAir cancelled two flights early Tuesday morning - one from Solo to Singapore, and another from Singapore to Solo. - CNA/ms

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