Bali Airport Cancels 9 Flights following Mount Agung Eruption

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  • Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali. ANTARA/Wira Suryantala

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Bali Airport authority canceled several flights from and heading to the Bali Island on Friday evening, May 24, following Mount Agung eruption.

    Directorate-general of air transportation at the Transportation Ministry recorded that nine flights were canceled; four flights heading to Bali while the other five flights departing from Bali.

    The flight cancelation was based on the safety assessment airlines following Mount Agung eruption.

    Director-general of air transportation Polana B Pramesti said in a press release on Saturday, May 24, that her ministry will update the latest condition following the volcano eruption.

    She called on the airports, airlines, navigations, and related parties to coordinate with the recent event and to monitor the situation. "If flight safety is affected, close the airport temporarily," she said.

    Bali Airport authority head Elfi Amir said volcanic ash was detected at the height 4,000-5,000 in the air space of I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali Airport.

    "I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport operates normally with the ATC officers conduct a tactical aircraft drive to avoid the planes entering area exposed with volcanic ashes," she said.

    Francisca Christy Rosana

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