Again, Volcanic Ash from Mount Rinjani Forces Cancellation of Bali Flights

Volcanic ash of Mount Barujari, a sub-volcano of Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) is again forcing the cancellation of flights to and from Ngurah Rai, Bali’s Airport. The volcano erupted at around 2:45 p.m. local time on Tuesday

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Barujari eruption. Picture source: gunung-indonesia.com

“Barujari has erupted again. Based on volcanology data, the volcano’s eruption was quite huge, with an amplitude level of 52 dB and a volcanic ash altitude of more than 2,000 meters above the crater,” said NTB Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Muhammad Rum on Tuesday, quoted from Jakarta Post.

However, despite the flight cancellations, Ngurah Rai Airport Manager Yanus Suprayogi spoke of no Bali airport closure at this time as a result of Mt. Rinjani’s eruption. “So, we have kept activities in operation. And there’s no closure. Only cancellations have been submitted by (certain) airlines,” Suprayogi as saying on Tuesday, Bali Coconuts reported.

Tigerair Australia and Jetstar have confirmed the cancellation of a number of flights.

Tigerair said a scheduled Tuesday night flight from Perth to Bali and a Wednesday morning flight from Bali to Melbourne would not be operating because of volcanic activity from Mount Rinjani.

The airline said it would reassess the situation on Wednesday and make a decision after consulting its pilots and meteorologists.

Flight activities at the Lombok airport remained normal on Tuesday. “There has been no airport closure. No Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) was issued following the eruption. Operational activities are running normally,” said Putri, the spokesperson of state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura’s office at Lombok International Airport.

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