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Jakarta Post

Palu airport reopens for commercial flights following earthquake

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 30, 2018   /   11:04 am
Palu airport reopens for commercial flights following earthquake A building in Palu, Central Sulawesi, is inundated by water after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami rocked the province. (Bnpb/Bnpb)

Authorities have reopened commercial flight services to and from Mutiara SIS Al Jufri Airport in Palu, Central Sulawesi, following a 7.4-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that rocked the region on Friday. 

The airport had been closed since Friday evening after the powerful earthquake.

Indonesian Flight Navigation Service Institution (AirNav Indonesia) spokesperson Yohanes Sirait said in a statement on Sunday that the airport had finally reopened commercial flight services  after only being open for emergency flight services. 

However, he said, current flights to and from the airport were navigated with visual flight rules navigation. 

The company has also sent teams from Makassar, South Sulawesi, and Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, to ensure the smooth provision of services to assist relief efforts in the region. (ris)