Passenger wait for their flights at Lombok International Airport in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Nov. 26. (JP/Panca Nugraha)
Lombok International Airport was closed from Nov. 26 at 05:55 p.m. (local time) until Nov. 27 at 06:00 a.m.
Transportation Ministry's air transportation director general Agus Santoso said the closure was due to the eruption of Mount Agung in Bali that resulted in volcanic ash that traveled to the east-southeast and headed to Lombok International Airport.
“The volcanic ash has reached the area above the airport and it’s disrupting the airway hence we are closing the airport for safety,” said Agus.
As a result, almost all of Lion Air and Wings Air flights have been delayed.
“I’ve instructed all airlines and airport operators to facilitate passengers who want to continue their journey using other modes of transportation such as a boat or bus. Meanwhile, for those who want to stay at the airport need to be taken care of and provided with the latest information,” Agus added.
To receive the latest updates from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (Ditjen Hubud) and news about Mount Agung, follow Ditjen Hubud’s official social media account @djpu151 or go to BMKG website. (asw)