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Jakarta Post

Nine airports prepared to take over Bali airport’s job

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 28, 2017   /   01:05 pm
Nine airports prepared to take over Bali airport’s job An airport official walks past deserted check-in counters at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on Monday. Thousands of tourists were stranded at Bali’s main airport following its closure due to the eruption of Mount Agung. (JP/Ni Komang Erviani)

State-run air navigation company AirNav Indonesia has designated nine airports for planes that were scheduled to land at Bali's the temporarily closed I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Airport authorities suspended operations at the airport on Monday and Tuesday following the eruption of Mount Agung on Saturday.

The nine airports are in Jakarta, Makassar, Surabaya, Balikpapan, Solo, Ambon, Manado, Kupang and Banyuwangi.

Read also: Bali airport closure extended

Wisnu said the airports were also prepared to accommodate flights bound for Lombok International Airports in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, which was also affected by volcanic ash from the volcano.

“We are monitoring the activities of Mount Agung. The best way to reduce the impact of the closure of the two airports is to distribute the flights across other airports,” said AirNav Indonesia operational director Wisnu Darjono, according to a press statement issued on Tuesday.

He added that AirNav Indonesia had issued a notice to airmen (Notam) on Tuesday to extend the airport’s closure on Tuesday, after a meeting attended by stakeholders amid the intensifying activity of the volcano. (bbn)