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Jakarta Post

Island in focus: Baru Jari eruption forces Bali airport closure

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Wed, November 4, 2015   /  03:15 pm

Volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Baru Jari , A sub-volcano of Mount Rinjani, in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, forced authorities to close I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali on Tuesday evening.

Trikora Harjo, General manager of state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I (AP I), which operates the facility, said that the closure was based on a Notice to Airmen (Notam) No. A2468/15 issued by the transportation ministry.

'€œThe closure was from 7:30 until 11:30 p.m.,'€ Trikora explained.

At least nine international flights connecting Australia and Bali have been canceled since Tuesday morning, affecting 1,480 passengers.

The cancellations consisted of four flights operated by Australian low-cost airline Jetstar Airways and five flights of Australia'€™s second-biggest carrier Virgin Australia airlines.

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