Bali Airport Closure Extended: AP I

Raiza Andini    •    28 November 2017 12:36 WIB
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Bali Airport Closure Extended: AP I
I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (Photo:Antara/Wirya Suryantala)

Karangasem: Authorities will extend airspace closure over I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali for another 24 hours amid the ongoing eruption of Mount Agung volcano.

The Bali international airport has been closed since 07.00 a.m local time on Monday. It will be closed until 07.00 a.m. local time on Wednesday. 

"The airspace is still covered by volcanic ash. The decision is fully recommended by the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre," PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I) corporate secretary Israwadi said in Denpasar City on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, the Lombok international airport was reopened at 06.00 a.m. local time on Tuesday. It was closed at 07.50 p.m. local time on Monday.

Mount Agung started to spew gray volcanic smoke last week. It continued to show increasing volcanic activity throughout the week.

The alert status was upgraded to the highest level (Level 4) this morning. It was downgraded to the lower level (Level 3) last month.

"The alert status was raised at 06:00 Central Indonesia Time. It was raised to Level IV or Siaga," the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG) head Kasbani told Metro TV yesterday morning.