Bali Airport Shut Down for 24 Hours After Mount Agung Eruption

NOVEMBER 27, 2017

Jakarta. Authorities have shut down I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, for 24 hours starting at 07:15 local time on Monday (27/11), as Mount Agung eruptions sent a plume of volcanic ash into the skies above the popular holiday island.

Airnav Indonesia, the country's air navigation service, issued a notice to airmen that the airspace above Denpasar has been closed, grounding all inbound and outbound flights.

"A volcanic cloud has shrouded the airspace above Denpasar, and for safety reasons the airspace can not be used. I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar is temporarily shut down," Airnav Indonesia operations director Wisnu Darjono said in a statement.

Ngurah Rai should reopen at 07:00 a.m on Tuesday, but Airnav advised airlines and the airport operator to expect changes in the decision and check for updates.

According to the navigation service, so far seven flights had to be transferred to the nearest airports — Surabaya in East Java, Makassar in South Sulawesi and Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara. The flights are: Garuda Indonesia GA-5150 from Zhengzhou, GA-897 from Guangzhou, GA-859 from Shanghai, China Eastern Airlines MU-5029 from Shanghai, MU-781 from Beijing, Citilink CTV-856 from Jakarta and Lion Air JT-927 from Denpasar.

The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) on Sunday morning raised the alert status of Mount Agung, after the volcano sent a plume of volcanic ash and steam more than 4,000 meters into the skies above the island.

The authorities have suspended the operations at Lombok International Airport at 5:55 p.m. local time, Sunday, to 6:00 a.m. on Monday.

The airport reopened this morning, local media reported.