Flights between Abu Dhabi and the Philippines have been grounded after ash spewed from the country’s Taal volcano.
Falling ash forced thousands to flee their homes and temporarily shut down Manila’s international airport.
Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad announced its flights EY424 and EY428 from Abu Dhabi to Manila, and the return flights EY423 and EY421 on Monday (13th January) were cancelled.
Emirates Airline in Dubai is also not flying into the Philippines’ capital as experts warn the volcano could erupt molten lava.
One of the world’s smallest volcanoes, Taal is about 60 kilometres south of Manila. No less dangerous for its size, the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has raised an alert on the volcano to Level 4, meaning an “explosive eruption” could happen in the coming hours or days.
PHIVOLCS has also called for a “total evacuation” from those in the volcanic danger zone, which spans approximately 17 kilometres. It’s thought this could total almost half-a-million residents.
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