Authorities on Monday (27/11) announced that Lombok International Airport in West Nusa Tenggara will resume operations Tuesday morning following the eruption of Mount Agung, an active volcano, on neighboring resort island Bali. (ANTARA Photo/Ahmad Subaidi)

Lombok Airport Reopens as Ash Spewed by Mt. Agung Settles

BY :TELLY NATHALIA

NOVEMBER 28, 2017

Jakarta. Authorities on Monday (27/11) announced that Lombok International Airport in West Nusa Tenggara will resume operations Tuesday morning following the eruption of Mount Agung, an active volcano, on neighboring resort island Bali.

The decision to reopen the airport was made after a coordination meeting among aviation authorities and officials with the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

"There are 47 flights – 24 arrival and 23 departure schedules – affected by the closure of Lombok International Airport for the second time, from and to Lombok," Israwadi, corporate secretary of state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I, said in a statement on Monday night.

On Sunday, Lombok Airport suspended operations until Monday morning and again from Monday afternoon until 4:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Israwadi said passengers would be able to travel to Lombok from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, as all flights to and from Bali have been suspended in the wake of Mt. Agung's continuous eruptions.

"Based on findings from Airnav Indonesia, Lombok Airport is outside the affected area by volcanic ash. With that condition, […] we decided to reopen Lombok Praya International Airport," Pramintohadi Sukarno, secretary of air transportation directorate general at the Ministry of Transportation, said on Tuesday.

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