MANGUPURA – Airport Community I Gusti Ngurah Rai held a meeting together to discuss the current condition of Gunung Agung activity, Friday (29/6/2018) morning.
The meeting was chaired by the Head of Airport Authority Region IV Bali Nusra, Herson in Space Jepun Building Wisti Sabha Angkasa Pura I.
“The Darwin VAAC ploting predicted a spreading above the surface with a height of 23,000 feet with a speed of 10 knots, already covered the air space of I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport – so we decided to temporarily shut down the airport operation,” Herson said.
He added that the operation of the airport closed approximately 16 hours from 03.00 pm until 19.00 pm tonight.
With Notam A2551/18 NOTAMN Number Q) WAAF / QFALC / IV / NBO / A / 000/999 / 0845S11510E005 /
However, up to 00.38 pm, Aerodrome Observation Result in Paper Paper shows NIL of Vulcanic Ash at Airport Area I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali.
Evaluation of the development of the Vulcanic Ash dissemination situation and the Wind Direction will be regularly evaluated.
Earlier, on Thursday (29/06/2018) night, some airlines chose to cancel flights from and to Bali.
At least 48 domestic and international flights were canceled before the Ngurah Rai Airport authorities decided to close the airport.
The impact of the cancellation as many as 8,334 passengers canceled depart from and to Bali.
The data was delivered Communication & Legal Section Head Ngurah Rai Airport, Arie Ahsanurrohim, Thursday (28/06/2018) night.
He explained that the canceled aircraft and passengers were impacted for the 19th International flight with 3,454 pax consisting of 9 flights of Air Asia with pax 1,560, Jet Star 7 flight with 1,474 pax, Qantas 2 flight with pax 285 and Virgin 1 flight with pax 135.
While for International flight 19 Flight with total pax 3,157 consist of Air Asia 9 flight with pax 1,350, Jet Star 7 flight with pax 1.406, Qantas 2 flight with pax 310, Virgin 1 flight with pax 9.
“Total International 38 flight with pax 6,611 is affected, for Domestic 10 flight with 1,723 pax impacted,” he said.
He explained details of the arrival of Domestic 5 flight with pax 884 such as Air Asia 5 flight with pax 884, Domestic departure 5 flight with pax 839 ie Air Asia 5 flight with pax 839.
According to Arie, the airline’s policy may be due to avoiding the spread of volcanic ash into the aircraft engines that could endanger the flight.
From the Tribun Bali’s observation in the field, visible passengers crowded the ticket counter of Ngurah Rai Airport to get information on flight cancellations and make changes to their flight schedule.
The canceled flight routes are Kuala Lumpur-Bali with flight code AK370, Bali-Kuala Lumpur with flight code AK371, Kuala Lumpur-Bali with flight code AK378, Bali-Kuala Lumpur with flight code AK379.
In addition, Bali – Singapore with flight code QZ508, Singapore-Bali with flight code QZ509, Bali-Perth with flight code QZ536, Perth-Bali with flight code QZ537, Perth-Bali with flight code QZ545, Bali-Kuala Lumpur with flight code QZ554.
Kuala Lumpur-Bali with flight code QZ555, Bali-Jakarta with flight code QZ7533, Jakarta-Bali with flight code QZ7534, Jakarta-Bali with flight code XT7516.
Bali-Jakarta with flight code XT7517, Jakarta-Bali with flight code XT7518, Bali-Jakarta with flight code XT7519, Jakarta-Bali with flight code XT7522, Bali-Jakarta with flight code XT7523, Surabaya-Bali with flight code XT7624.
Bali-Surabaya with flight code XT7625, Manila-Bali with flight code Z2231, and Bali-Manila with flight code Z2232.
While the flight delayed by Bangkok-Don Mueang-Bali with flight code FD398 was postponed 29 June 2018 at 09:00 WITA, Bali-Bangkok with flight code FD399, Singapore-Bali with flight code QZ507, and Kuala Lumpur-Bali with flight code QZ557 is also delayed.
AirAsia will continue to coordinate with the relevant authorities to convey information and developments in the current situation.
Airline Jet Star also canceled four flights, namely JQ 107 Denpasar-Perth, 3K 246 Denpasar-Singapore, JQ 106 Perth-Denpasar, and 3K 245 Singapore-Denpasar.
Qantas Airlines also canceled flights, namely Denpasar-Melbourne, Denpasar-Sydney, Melbourne-Denpasar, Sydney-Denpasar.
Virgin Air Airlines canceled flights, Sydney-Denpasar and Denpasar-Sydney. (*)