BANYUWANGI – Head of Banyuwangi Airport Operator Unit Office Dodi Dharma Cahyadi said the airport located in Blimbingsari Village, Banyuwangi Regency, East Java, is still safe from volcanic ash of Gunung Agung.
“Until today the flight activity at Blimbingsari Airport in Banyuwangi is still normal and not disturbed by Mount Agung eruption,” he said in Banyuwangi, East Java, Monday (27/11/2017).
According to him, the closure of Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar, Bali, also has not significantly impacted the surge of passengers at Banyuwangi Airport because the number of passengers is still normal as usual.
“So far the number of passengers is also still reasonable and has not seen any increase, even there has been no official notice for the transfer of flights from Ngurah Rai Airport to Banyuwangi Airport,” he said.
Dodi hoped that the volcanic ash spread of Gunung Agung will not affect the flight activity of Banyuwangi Airport, so people can still use the services of Banyuwangi to Jakarta and Surabaya or vice versa.
“Hopefully, Banyuwangi Airport will continue to operate, although the activity of Mount Agung is increasing, but we keep monitoring the activities of Gunung Agung and are ready to anticipate the worst that will affect the flight activity of Banyuwangi Airport,” he said.
Meanwhile, I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali temporarily shut down its flight operations for 24 hours due to the impact of the spread of volcanic ash in the local airport airspace.
PT Angkasa Pura I I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport recorded 455 flight schedules at the airport was canceled during the 24 hours of airport closure due to the impact of volcanic ash Gunung Agung.
To anticipate the upcoming flights to Bali, Angkasa Pura has also been alerting alternative airports such as Surabaya Juanda Airport, Lombok Praya Airport, Sultan Hasanudin Airport Makassar, Sultan Aji Airport Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan Balikpapan, Adi Soemarmo Airport Solo, Ahmad Yani Airport Semarang and Airport Adi Sutjipto Yogyakarta.