Haze: Hundreds of passengers stranded after flights cancelled in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU (The Star/Asia News Network) - Five flights on the Tawau-Kota Kinabalu route have been cancelled due to the haze, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded in airports.

Two of the flights, Tawau-bound MH2121 and Kota Kinabalu-bound MH2122,were cancelled on Sunday (Oct 18) morning .

Another flight from Kuala Lumpur bound for Tawau, AK5748, that was supposed to land at 3.15pm was delayed and subsequently diverted here.

"The passengers are restless and angry but we have no choice because we can't fly in this hazy condition," said a spokeswoman of Tawau airport who did not want to be identified.

She said the safety of passengers was of utmost importance and the flights would commence as soon as visibility improves.

It is also understood that the MASwings flight MH2121 from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau had to be diverted to Brunei due to the haze.

Tawau, like several other regions in East and West Malaysia, recorded unhealthy air quality on Sunday morning. The Air Pollutant Index reading was 123, one point lower than the highest reading ever recorded since the haze started last month.