Jakarta, 27 November (BelTA - ANTARA) - A temporary shutdown at Bali`s I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport led to 445 flight cancellations as a precautionary measure against likely flight disturbances due to volcanic ash arising from Mount Agung`s eruption in Denpasar.
"We estimate that 445 flights will be canceled, covering 196 international routes and 249 domestic routes," stated Secretary of PT Angkasa Pura I Israwadi stated in a press release received in Jakarta on Monday.
Some 59 thousand passengers were affected by the flight cancellations, Arie Ahsanurrohim, spokesman of PT Angkara Pura I office at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, said.
The I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport was shut down on Monday from 7:15 a.m. local time until Tuesday due to volcanic ash being spewed by Mount Agung.
Meanwhile, the Lombok Praya Airport was reopened on Monday at 6 a.m. local time after it was shut down since Saturday, Nov 26, at 5:55 p.m. local time due to volcanic ash arising from the mount`s eruption.
The 3,142-meter-high Mount Agung has been rumbling since August 2017.
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry`s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) reported that Mount Agung had erupted, releasing volcanic ash and smoke from the crater on Nov 21.
The eruption occurred at 5:05 p.m. local time, with grey smoke rising some 700 meters from the crater.
Following the eruption, the PVMBG has also called on all villagers in the disaster-prone areas, tourists, and other individuals to avoid any activities near the volcano and other regions within a six-kilometer radius of the crater as well as in areas within 7.5 kilometers to the north, northeast, southeast, south, and southwest of Mount Agung.More about Society