Gov’t launches travel alert for Luzon Island due to volcano eruption

The Tourism Crisis Management Office (GGCT) has issued a Level 1 Travel Alert to the Luzon Island, Philippines, due to the eruption of the Taal Volcano.

‘The GGCT alerts Macau residents who intend to travel to or are already in the Luzon Island (including Manila) to be on alert and follow closely the development of the situation that might affect their personal safety there. The GGCT will keep monitoring the latest developments of the situation,’ the department added.

No request for information or assistance from local residents had been received by the GGCT as of now, the release also indicated.

The volcano located at about 60 kilometers south of Manila became active on Sunday, leading to the total evacuation of nearly half a million people in its surroundings, with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology having today raised the threat level from 3 to 4, meaning a hazardous eruption is imminent.

Ashfall from the volcano has also caused several disruptions to air connections, with 240 flights canceled as of January 12 with tens of thousands of people left stranded at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

According to the Macau International Airport website, four Cebu Pacific and one Air Asia flights departing from Macau and destined to Manila were cancelled on Sunday.

Information published today indicates that two Air Asia flights destined to Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok were cancelled, together with two Air Macau flights destined to Chongqing and Guiyang.