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Jakarta Post

Mount Agung erupts, but airport operations on watch

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Thu, June 28, 2018   /   05:12 pm
Mount Agung erupts, but airport operations on watch Thick smoke emanates from the crater of Mount Agung in Karangasem, Bali, on Nov. 25, 2017. (Courtesy of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency/File)

Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali is assessing whether to temporarily halt operations following Mount Agung’s latest eruption this week.

Airport authorities have issued a warning to airlines on the possibility of ash disrupting flights to and from the airport following the eruption, urging all airlines to remain cautious although the situation has yet to affect flight routes.

Mt. Agung emitted smoke 1,500 meters above its peak on Thursday, heading west. The increasing volcanic activity came after the highest mountain on the popular resort island erupted on Wednesday night.

"Mount Agung erupted but operations [at the airport] remain normal. We are trying to map all the routes,” Ngurah Rai’s communication and legal section head, Arie Ahsanurrohim, said in its notification to airlines on Thursday.

“[…] We [Airport Authority, state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I and the state-run air navigation company AirNav] are mapping which routes are safe based on our [ongoing] mitigation [scheme],” Arie said, adding that the airport might only halt operations if it is assessed that the eruption might put flights at risk. (ipa)