JAKARTA – Director General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation Agus Santoso said Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar Bali operates normally and Lombok Praya International Airport reopened on Friday (1/12/2017) at 08.50 WITA.
Based on the latest report from the Head of the Office of the Airport Authority of Region IV Denpasar Bali, Agus stated that at 08.00 WITA, there was no impact from Mount Agung eruption which disrupted flight operations at Ngurah Rai Airport and Lombok Praya Airport.
“Therefore, we decided Ngurah Rai Airport to keep operating normally and Lombok Praya Airport reopened,” said Agus Santoso through a press release on Friday (1/12).
Based on data from BMKG from observation at 02.00 – 08.00 WITA dated December 1, 2017, volcanic ash spread Mount Agung moving towards the East with wind speed between 5-15 Knots. RGB Satellite Imagery Himawari does not detect the movement of volcanic ash because of cloud cover. And Vulcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) status is detected by ORANYE color code.
Meanwhile, from the results of the paper test in the area of International Airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai also found no ash vilkanik (NIL VA). Data Source PVMBG-KESDM states Activity Level of Gunung Agung down to Level IV (CAUTION).
For runway conditions at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, reported by AirNav Indonesia Denpasar Branch Office is in good condition. The results of the pilot report also not monitored Vulcano Ash (VA) on the runway. Likewise for Lombok Praya International Airport, reported volcanic ash has not covered the air space.
Related to the reopening of Lombok Praya International Airport has been distributed to national and international airlines through notam no. B9077 / 17 NOTAMC B9075 / 17.
As for the status of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar Bali has been distributed by NOTAM A4300 / 17 NOTAMC AA4298 / 17, that all Ngurah Rai Airport facilities can operate optimally.
Agus Santoso advised the airlines and operators and regulators to remain vigilant for safety, security and flight services. Moreover, starting Friday is peak season due to a 3 day holiday.
He said as an international tourist attractions, Bali and Lombok are always visited by thousands of domestic and international tourists every peak season.
“For that I advise all operators to stay vigilant and cooperate well, but prioritize safety, security and maximum service to passengers according to the rules that apply,” said Agus.
From Mount Impact eruption data for Mount Agung flight International Airport I Gusti Ngurah Rai at 20.00 – 08.00 WITA recorded there are 32 flights with 21 departures and 11 arrivals, the delay and 11 flights with 7 Domestic and 4 International are canceled (cancel).