1,300 Koreans Trapped in Manila Airport After Volcanic Eruption

  • By Choi Won-woo

    January 14, 2020 11:03

    Lightning strikes in the midst of an eruption of the Taal Volcano south of Manila in the Philippines on Sunday. /Reuters-Yonhap

    A volcanic eruption in the Philippines has left more than 1,300 Korean tourists stranded at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport as scores of flights were grounded.

    Some flights to popular winter holiday destinations in Guam and Saipan have also been affected.

    The Taal volcano 65 km south of Manila erupted on Sunday, sending volcanic ash down on the runways of the airport and causing more than 170 flights to be canceled. Around a dozen flights to and from Korea were among them.

    Korean Air said six flights between Manila and Incheon were canceled, while Asiana canceled four. Budget carrier Jeju Air also canceled a flight from Incheon to Manila.

    Asiana had to divert some of its flights to Saipan around Japan to avoid the ash cloud, while Jeju Air canceled all of its flights between Incheon and Guam and Narita and Guam.

    Some 85,000 Koreans in the Philippines are also being impacted by the eruption. Although no injuries have been reported, property damage reports are flowing in. Airline industry officials are considering flying stranded tourists out through Clark Air Base north of Manila.

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