JAKARTA - MALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) says it is temporarily cancelling flights to Indonesia's capital following the eruption of the country's most volatile volcano.

The carrier made the announcement in a written statement on Saturday.

Singapore Airlines made a similar announcement.

Indonesia's most volatile mountain - around 280 miles (450 kilometres) west of Jakarta - unleashed its most powerful eruption in a century on Friday.

Towering plumes of ash continued to rise from the mountain on Saturday, dusting windshields, rooftops and leaves on trees hundreds of miles away.

Malaysian Airlines, which also temporarily halted flights to airports in Bandung and Yogyakarta, said the Jakarta route would be affected for at least two days.

Lufthansa has also suspended flights to Jakarta.

More flights to Jakarta cancelled