Bali airport re-opened after volcanic eruption causes flight cancellations

Bali airport re-opened after volcanic eruption causes flight cancellations

The aircraft took off at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport area in Badung, Bali. (ANTARA PHOTO/Fikri Yusuf)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Flight Navigation Service Institution, or AirNav Indonesia, declared that Bali`s I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar was re-opened and operational at 2:30 p.m. local time (UTC+8) following a temporary closure on Friday.

AirNav Indonesia, in a statement on Friday, noted that it had issued a notice to airmen or NOTAM A 2552/18 to all stakeholders of the world`s aviation industry on the restored operations of Ngurah Rai airport following a temporary closure at 3 a.m. local time due to volcanic ash arising from Mount Agung`s eruption.

During an evaluation meeting on mitigating the impacts of Mount Agung`s eruption in connection with the operation of Ngurah Rai Airport on Friday afternoon, Meteorology Station Class I of Ngurah Rai Denpasar issued a Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation or Vona that specified the current aviation color status at Color Code ORANGE as of 4 p.m. local time, implying that the volcano is exhibiting heightened activity, with increased likelihood of eruption or a volcanic eruption is underway, with no or minor ash emission.

Meanwhile, SIGMET, or Significant Meteorological Information, showed that material from Mount Agung`s eruption had reached an altitude of 23 thousand feet, drifting southwest at a speed of 15 knots.

Bali`s Mount Agung`s activity has been increasing since Thursday, with continuous emission of gas and thin ash.

However, no volcanic ash was spotted over the airspace of the airport.


 

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