Ngurah Rai Airport Closed, Lombok Airport Reopened

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories)I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport temporarily closes down from Monday (27/17) at 07:15 local time due to the eruption of Mount Agung, forcing tens of airline operators to halt serving passengers to and from the airport.

The Aviation Navigation Service provider PT AirNav Indonesia immediately issued Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) Number A4242/17 which provides info to all flight stakeholders regarding the current condition at Ngurah Rai Airport.

Mount Agung erupted again on Saturday (25/11) at 17.30 local time, with a height of ash reaching 1,500 meters. The rate of eruption of Mount Agung now rises from the phreatic to magmatic phase (since the observation of the fire at the peak at night on Nov. 25 at 21:00 local time.

Until today, the magmatic phase eruption is accompanied by the constant thick ashes, reaching a height of 2,000-3,400 meters from the peak. Continuous ash puffs are sometimes accompanied by explosive eruptions and weak sounds of up to 12 km from the summit.

The rays of fire are increasingly observed in the night, indicating a potential for a larger eruption is imminent.

To anticipate all possibilities and risks of disaster, spokesman of the Center of National Board for Disaster Management (NBDM) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho called on all local communities to stay away from danger zones. The disaster management agency has also raised the alert status of Mount Agung from level 3 to level 4 (threat), highest level, starting from 06:00 local time on Nov. 27.

He added that people within a radius of 8 and 10 kilometers are urged to immediately evacuate in an orderly and calm manner. Some people have been self-evacuating since Saturday night, following the eruption of Mount Agung.

Ngurah Rai Airport

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Director of Operations AirNav Indonesia, Wisnu Darjono today stated, that the Notice to Airmen contains the time and reasons for the closure of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.

“Mount Agung volcanic ash has closed airspace above Denpasar due to safety reasons, the airspace cannot be used so that the operational of Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar is temporarily closed,” he said.

In the Notice to the Airmen, Darjono added the closing takes place until 07:00 local time tomorrow (28/11), but the latest situation developments and information updates from related parties such as NBDM and the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation will always be updated to the airline stakeholders through the latest Notice to Airmen.

“Aircraft flying both domestic and international destinations that are currently airing Denpasar, will be transferred to the nearest airports such as Juanda, Makassar, Lombok or Kupang. The incoming data has seven flights that have been transferred. The latest updates will be delivered later,” he explained.

The seven flights to Bali include PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk (IDX: GIAA) GA 5150 Zhengzou-Denpasar transferred to Surabaya, GA 897 Guangzhou-Denpasar transferred to Surabaya, GA 859 Shanghai-Denpasar transferred to Jakarta, China Easter MU 5029 Shanghai-Denpasar transferred to Jakarta, MU 781 Beijing-Denpasar transferred to Singapore, PT Citilink Indonesia‘s CTV 856 Jakarta-Denpasar transferred to Surabaya, and Lion Air JT927 Makassar-Denpasar transferred to Surabaya.

Lombok Airport

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While, Lombok International Airport was reopened on Monday morning starting at 06.00 am, after being closed temporarily from Sunday afternoon (26/11) at 17:55 local time due to the impact of volcanic ash eruption of Mount Agung.

“At least, 23 flights consist of 10 flights from Lombok to a number of destinations and 13 flights to Lombok from a number of cities were canceled due to the closure of Lombok International Airport,” said Darjono.

Flights from Lombok to a number of domestic and international destinations canceled include Lion Air JT965 & JT975 Praya-Surabaya route, JT955 Praya-Denpasar, JT953 Praya-Bandung, JT655 Praya-Jakarta, Wings Water WON1963 Praya-Surabaya, Water Batik BTK6659 Praya -Jakarta, Air Asia AXM 307 & 309 Praya-Kuala Lumpur and Sill Air SLK127 Praya-Singapore.

Meanwhile, flights from Lombok to a number of domestic and international destinations are canceled, including BTK6658 Batik Air Jakarta-Praya, Lion Air JT822 & JT642 Surabaya-Praya, JT954 Denpasar-Praya, JT274 Yogyakarta-Praya, JT652 & JT650 Jakarta-Praya, JT952 Bandung- Praya, Wings Air WON1962 Denpasar-Praya, WON1858 Surakarta-Praya, Air Asia AXM 306 & 308 Kuala Lumpur-Praya, and Silk Air SLK128 Singapore-Praya.

Darjono said the air navigation service provider will continue to monitor the eruption progress of Mount Agung before taking next steps. “Safety reasons is our main factor in providing navigation services,” Darjono said.

Written by Linda Silaen, Email: linda.silaen@theinsiderstories.com