JAKARTA – The Ministry of Transportation assesses the eruption of Gunung Agung in Bali has no impact on the path and flight operations in the island of Bali and surrounding areas.
Director General of Air Transportation Kemenhub Agus Santoso said that based on direct observation in the field and using Darwin Himawari-8 Volcanic Ash Advisory Centers (VAAC) radar, there is no volcanic ash in airways in Bali, Lombok and surrounding areas.
In addition, Vulcano Observation Notice for Aviation (VONA) Gunung Agung is also still orange. So flight operations in Bali, Lombok, Ujung Pandang (Makassar) and Banyuwangi are still running normally.
“Until now it is still safe, there is no transfer route,” said Agus, Tuesday (1/5/2018).
However, all aviation personnel, especially pilots and ATC are requested to continue to raise awareness and coordinate actively with the Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) and PVMBG for more info so that they can plan and operate high-security flights in the area.
Agus said, according to PVMBG, Gunung Agung which is currently still in the stage of alert 3 is likely to return eruption. In the event of an eruption with adverse impact on the flight, all flight stakeholders shall adhere to standard operating procedures.
It asked to prioritize aspects of aviation safety and security.
“I ask the public and passengers also understand if there will be a delay when the eruption has disrupted the flight, but for now I reiterate it still does not interfere so that flights from and to Bali is still normal,” he concluded.