Bali Airport Still Open for Business

26 November 2017 at 13:00 local Bali time

Most Flights to and From Bali Operating to Schedule. Jetstar Cancels Flights Only to Restore Schedule Hours Later. Situation Under Constant Review

National Air Navigation Service (Airnav Indonesia) reports that the latest eruption of Mount Agung that began on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, and escalated on the evening of November 25 has not had a marked effect on aviation in and out of the Island of Bali.

A press conference was held at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport on Sunday, November 26 at 1PM local time attended by the Airport Authority, representatives of the Indonesian Weather Bureau (BMKG), representatives of Angkasa Pura who manage the Bali Airport, and Airnav Indonesia.

Airnav Indonesia continues to monitor developments at Mount Agung and is maintaining a full complement of qualified experts to oversee the quality of the airspace over the Island using “paper tests” in coordination with the Indonesian Weather Bureau (BMKG), the Center for Geologic Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG), the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (DVAAC), and observations posts surrounding the volcano.

Paper Ash Tests carried out at Bali’s Airport that would detect even small amounts of volcanic ash in the air have thus far registered nil.

Following the latest magmatic eruption, a small number of flights operated by Jetstar, Virgin Australia, KLM, and AirAsia Malaysia were canceled as a precaution. In the case of Jetstar, flight operations to Bali were restored on Sunday.

The VONA (Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation) alert status for Bali has been raised to red from orange as a result of the volcanic cloud now being produced by the volcano.

This VONA warning touches on airspace above Bali but with the airspace over Bali’s airport outside any warning zone.

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