Passenger wait for their flights at Lombok International Airport in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Nov.26. (JP/Panca Nugraha)
Lombok International Airport was closed once again on Nov. 30 due to the volcanic ash from Mount Agung that headed to the southeast with the speed of 10kts.
The airport was closed from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 a.m.
“The meeting with stakeholders and data from Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (DVAAC) resulted in the decision to close Lombok International Airport because the air is still covered in volcanic ash. The ash is heading to the southeast with the speed of 10 knots and the flight level is at 21,000 feet,” explained State-run air navigation company AirNav Indonesia operational director, Wisnu Darjono.
The airport closure caused the cancellation of 34 departure flights and 37 arrival flights from-and-to Lombok by several airlines namely Garuda Indonesia (11 departures and 11 arrivals), Lion Air (10 departures and 12 arrivals), Batik Air (four departures and four arrivals), Citilink (three departures and three arrivals), Wings Air (four departures and five arrivals), and Air Asia (two departures and two arrivals).
Additionally, there were two flights to Lombok from Lion Air and Batik Air that had to return to Jakarta due to the airport closure.
11 hotel rooms in Lombok were also canceled due to the airport closure.
Up until Nov. 29, there were 2,000 tourists who left Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali with buses. 36 buses carrying 1,140 people traveled to Surabaya, seven buses carrying 280 people traveled to Jakarta, 16 buses carrying 449 people traveled to Mengwi and one bus carrying 35 people traveled to Padang Bai. There was also 146 international tourists who took care of their visas. (asw)