Bali And Lombok Airports Extend Closure Until Friday

Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry has extended the closure of four airports to Friday after Mount Barujari on Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, began spewing volcanic ash, leaving thousands of travelers stranded.

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Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, Lombok’s Praya International Airport and Selaparang Airport, as well as the Blimbingsari Airport in Banyuwangi, East Java, will remain closed until “Friday, 7.45 a.m. Jakarta time,” Transport Ministry spokesman J.A. Barata said on Thursday as quoted from jakartaglobe.com.

According to a report by thejakartapost.com on Thursday, Garuda Indonesia has canceled 123 flights to and from Bali, Lombok and Blimbingsari Airport in Banyuwangi, East Java.

Authorities initially expected to reopen both domestic and international terminals on Thursday after canceling 692 flights at Ngurah Rai airport alone due to Barujari’s increased activity in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Ash clouds from the volcano continue to move westward toward Bali, according to Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) and the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Darwin, Australia.

Source: jakartablobe.com / thejakartapost.com

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