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Bali airport reopened, Lombok airport still closed

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Tue, November 10, 2015   /  06:13 pm

Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, was reopened on Monday after it had been closed at 9:45 p.m. on Sunday due to the eruption of Mount Barujari in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).

'€œNgurah Rai Airport has been reopened this morning, but 16 flights bound for Australia were still canceled,'€ the airport'€™s general manager, Trikora Harjo, said on Monday, adding that 11 of the 16 flights were operated by Jetstar, four by Virgin Airlines and one by Jetstar Asia.

Based on data from state-run airport management firm PT Angkasa Pura I, a total of 17 flights for 3,369 passengers were canceled since the airport'€™s closure on Sunday.

As many as seven domestic flights intended to carry 344 passengers were canceled. '€œDomestic flights have resumed today, except to Lombok. We continue to evaluate the situation,'€ said Trikora.

Meanwhile, the closure of the Lombok International Airport (BIL) due to eruptions at the sub volcano of Mount Rinjani remains in place.

BIL spokesman Gede Eka Sandi said the airport had been closed again from 8:45 a.m. on Monday until 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

'€œThe airport'€™s closure is extended until Tuesday at 8:45 a.m.,'€ Gede said on Monday.

The current closure is the sixth since the eruption, which has severely disrupted flight activities at BIL.

Earlier, BIL, which is located in Praya, Central Lombok, NTB, had been closed for incoming and outgoing flights following the issuance of a notice to airman on Nov. 4 at 6:45 p.m. until Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. It remains unclear when BIL will resume operating normally.

Separately, the NTB Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has urged residents living along river banks to remain cautious amid the potential of cold lava flows as a result of Mount Rinjani'€™s eruption.

'€œIn connection with the flood threat, BPBD has appealed to people through the heads of districts, villages and hamlets to be vigilant at all times,'€ said NTB BPBD head Azhar on Monday.

Azhar said that based on BPBD data, several rivers were prone to cold lava flows due to the accumulation of volcanic ash on the southern slope of the mountain.

The Tanggek and Belimbing rivers flow to the south through the districts of Aikmel, Wanasaba, Pringgabaya and Suralaga.

The spread of volcanic ash from the volcano is moving to the south and west of the eruption point.

'€œBased on images from the Himawari satellite, the volcanic ash on Monday morning is moving to the south and west,'€ said Azhar.

He added volcanic activity in Sembalun district was monitored as active. The last eruption took place at 5:50 a.m. However, 7,063 families living in six villages in Sembalun district have not been affected by the volcanic ash so far.

Meanwhile, several places in Pringgasela district, such as the villages of Timba Nuh, Kayu Jati, Pengadangan Barat and Pengkelep, where a total of 660 people live, have been affected by volcanic ash.

The volcanic ash has also disrupted operations at Selaparang International Airport in the provincial capital of Mataram.

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