A Volcanic Ash from the eruption of Mount Rinjani, Lombok’s are reported by the BMKG (Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics) to be heading West of Lombok which led to flight cancellations in and out Bali airport on Tuesday (Nov 3, 2016).
PT. Angkasa Pura (Persero) authorities has decided to close Ngurah Rai International Airport so they could assess the risk posed by a large ash cloud drifting from Mount Rinjani, an active volcano on the nearby island of Lombok. The airport are planned to re-evaluate this issue again on Thursday (Nov 5, 2015) on 08:30, either they are going reopen the Airport for Departure and Arrival or continue suspend all incoming and outgoing flights.
Airport manager Trikora Harjo said the situation would be re-evaluated as the evening went on but unless conditions improved the airport could remain shut. “If there’s any chance available (to reopen the airport) I will, but if not, I will continue to keep it closed,” he told the media, adding he did not yet know how many flights would be affected.
In a statement, Jetstar said it had cancelled all remaining flights “to and from Bali following assessment of the latest information from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC). We will resume flying as soon as it is safe to do so and we will update customers if poor flying conditions lead to further cancellations”. Source: http://www.jetstar.com/id/en/travel-alerts
Virgin Australia “has cancelled all flights to and from” Bali, reported Sky News Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald said that both airlines announced that volcanic ash “made flying conditions unsafe”. Source: http://www.virginaustralia.com/au/en/bookings/flight-status/travel-alerts/
AirAsia “inform that several flights from and to Bali will be adjusted this evening following the temporary closure of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali due to Mount Rinjani volcanic activity”. Source: https://www.facebook.com/AirAsia
The latest disruption comes three months after a major eruption at Mount Raung in East Java led to widespread travel chaos at Bali airport, leaving passengers stranded for days.