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Merapi eruption: Surakarta airport normal, Yogyakarta closed for 28 minutes

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta/Yogyakarta   /   Fri, May 11, 2018   /   12:18 pm
Merapi eruption: Surakarta airport normal, Yogyakarta closed for 28 minutes The phreatic eruption of Mount Merapi on May 11 at 7:32 a.m. (Courtesy of/twitter/ BNPB_Indonesia)

Following the phreatic eruption of Mount Merapi at 7:32 a.m. on Friday, aviation authorities have yet to close Adi Soemarmo Airport in Surakarta, Central Java, although Yogyakarta’s Adisutjipto Airport was closed for 28 minutes until 11:10 a.m.

“Flights are running normally. We haven’t received any orders to close the airport. There are no flight diversions either,” Kukuh, an official at Adi Soemarmo International Airport, said on Friday.

Adi Soemarmo’s head of operations, Wayan Ova, said airport officials were in contact with their counterparts at the Adisutjipto International Airport in Yogyakarta to discuss the possible need to divert flights. 

After being closed at 10:42 a.m. due to the volcanic ash from the eruption, Adisutjipto Airport in Yogyakarta was reopened at 11:10 a.m.

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Liza Anindya, spokesperson for Adisutjipto Airport, said on Friday at noon that the airport was evaluating the conditions to decide whether or not the airport would need to be closed again. 

Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said in a release that volcanic ash had spread across Sleman regency in Yogyakarta, in particular in Tempel, Turi, Pakem, Cangkringan and Ngemplak districts. 

The BNPB has not detected any further eruptions or any increase in volcanic activities from Mount Merapi. 

The BNPB has called on residents to remain calm and wear masks while outdoors. (evi)