The Jakarta Post
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia canceled 15 domestic flights to and from Lombok International Airport (LIA) in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), on Sunday, owing to volcanic activity on Mount Agung.
Seven of the canceled flights were scheduled to depart from the airport today while the eight others were set to arrive. Low-cost carrier AirAsia also canceled a flight from Lombok to Kuala Lumpur.
“The airport is still running as usual despite the canceled flights. We still have other carriers operating at the airport,” LIA general manager I Gusti Ngurah Arditha said Sunday.
He explained that the cancelations were made for safety reasons. During a coordination meeting, airport officials and airline representatives decided it was still safe for the airport to operate because the volcanic ash had not yet affected the area.
Garuda waived any additional fees – including cancelation, rebooking and refund fees – for passengers scheduled to fly to or from Lombok on Sunday
Four airlines canceled on Saturday15 flights following an increase in volcanic activity. Among flights affected were Jetstar Airways flights from Bali to three Australian cities, namely Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney; a Virgin Airlines to Brisbane, Australia; two KLM flights to Sydney and one to Amsterdam.
Mt.Agung’s volcanic activity has continued to increase since it erupted on Tuesday. It erupted for the second time on Saturday. The eruptions have caused volcanic ash rain in nearby villages, forcing residents to flee to the southern part of Bali. (kuk/ebf)