Flights cancelled as Philippines’ Mt Mayon spews ash and lava


Lava cascades down the slopes of the Mayon volcano during its eruption at Daraga, Albay Province, Philippines. Source: Reuters/Stringer

THE majestic Mount Mayon, famous for its near-perfect cone shape, has erupted, forcing airlines to cancel dozens of domestic and international flights Tuesday.

In an 8am advisory, the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Mayon Volcano spewed lava 500 to 700 meters high from the crater between 9:37 pm Monday and 5:25 am Tuesday.

“It generated ash plumes that reached 2.5km to 3km above the crater,” it said.

At noon Monday, Phivolcs recorded a 5km-tall eruption column as the volcano erupted for about eight minutes.

A view of the Mayon volcano after the eruption. Source: Reuters/Rhadyz Barcia

Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum said Alert Level 4 was raised over Mount Mayon, which is located in the Albay province, Bicol region in the main island of Luzon, some 340km southeast of Manila. Such an alert level means an explosive explosion is “possible within days.”

The highest is Alert Level 5.

The volcano started acting more than a week ago, prompting more than 20,000 residents to flee to safer grounds.

Authorities established an 8km-radius danger zone around the volcano.

“The public is strongly advised to be vigilant and desist from entering the danger zone, and to be additionally vigilant against pyroclastic density currents, lahars and sediment-laden streamflows along channels draining the edifice,” Phivolcs said.

Civil aviation authorities must also advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ash from any sudden eruption can be hazardous to aircraft, it added.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines ordered Monday the temporary shutdown of the Legaspi airport that serves the Bicol region due to the lava, ash and smoke spewed by the volcano. reported that the flowing domestic flights were cancelled Tuesday due to the volcano’s eruption:

Cebu Pacific

5J 323 Manila – Legazpi

5J 324 Legazpi – Manila

5J 325 Manila – Legazpi

5J 326 Legazpi – Manila

5J 327 Manila – Legazpi

5J 328 Legazpi – Manila


DG 6031 Manila – San Jose

DG 6032 San Jose – Manila

DG 6073 Manila – Tablas

DG 6074 Tablas – Manila

DG 6111 Naga – Manila

DG 6112 Manila – Naga

DG 6117 Manila – Naga

DG 6118 Naga – Manila

DG 6177 Manila – Masbate

DG 6178 Masbate – Manila

DG 6298 Caticlan – Clark

DG 6299 Clark – Caticlan

DG 6204 Cebu – Legazpi

DG 6205 Legazpi – Cebu

DG 6206 Cebu – Legazpi

DG 6207 Legazpi – Cebu

Philippine Airlines

PR 2921 Manila – Legazpi

PR 2922 Legazpi – Manila

PR 2927 Cebu – Legazpi

PR 2928 Legazpi – Cebu

PR 2961 Clark – Naga

PR 2962 Naga – Clark

PR 2965 Clark – Naga

PR 2621 Clark – Masbate

PR 2622 Masbate – Clark

Residents wear face masks as they board a motorised tricycle towards an evacuation center, as the Mayon volcano spews ash. Source: Reuters/Stringer

Cancelled international flights to and from Manila due to the volcano’s eruption and also bad weather were:

Philippine Airlines

PR 431 Manila – Narita

PR 432 Narita – Manila

Japan Airlines

JL745 Narita-MNL

Delta Air Lines

DL 181 Narita – Manila

All Nippon Airways

NH 820 Manila – Narita

Air Niugini

PX 010 Port Moresby – Manila

PX 011 Manila – Port Moresby


GK 95 Nagoya – Manila

GK 94 Manila -Nagoya

GK 41 Narita – Manila

GK 40 Manila – Narita

3K 761 Singapore – Manila

3K 762 Manila – Singapore

Albay province was put under a state of calamity due to the volcano’s eruption, with relief and emergency teams deployed in response.

Local officials said many tourists, mostly domestic and those travelling by land, have been coming to the area to watch the volcano’s explosion.

A resident wears a face mask after the Mayon eruption. Source: Reuters/Stringer

Visitors and residents have been urged to wear face masks to avoid respiratory illnesses due to the volcanic ash.

No stranded tourists have been reported so far, and all roads leading to and out of Albay province remained accessible to vehicles.