• AIRNAV: The Eruption of Mount Agung did not Disturb the Flight

    Gunung Agung is covered with clouds seen from the outskirts of Ampenan Beach, Mataram, NTB, Tuesday (21/11). – ANTARA / Ahmad Subaidi

    JAKARTA – The eruption of Mount Agung, Bali, which occurred on Tuesday (22/11) does not interfere with flight activities.

    Nevertheless, Perum Lembaga Penyelenggara Pelayanan Navigasi Udara Indonesia (Airnav Indonesia) will continue to monitor the situation of Gunung Agung as carefully as possible.

    “AirNav Bali Branch continues to monitor the presence of volcanic ash at Ngurah Rai Airport with a paper test and close coordination with BMKG and PVMBG or active post,” said AirNav Operations Director Indonesia Wisnu Darjono, in a written statement in Jakarta on Wednesday (22/11/2017 ).

    Wisnu said it also coordinated with BMKG and PVMBG, and also observed the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (DVAAC) using “Volcanic Ash Paper Test” and the result was a VA nill.

    Besides the Pilot Report (PIREP), the pilot reported to AirNav that there was a small ash cloud from Gunung Agung moving eastwards.

    “So far we have told the public that there is no volcanic ash at Ngurah Rai Airport and the eruption of Gunung Agung has no impact on aviation activities in Bali, especially as the latest developments erupt,” Wisnu said.

    He said AirNav also ensured that flights to and from Bali to date are still normal.

    “All normal, no flights are diverted or canceled, everything keeps running and we are watching closely,” he said.

    Nevertheless, he said, AirNav has prepared a contingency plan to anticipate if the mountain with an altitude of 3,031 mdpl has increased status.

    Starting from doing “vector” plane to avoid the affected area to prepare the airport around Bali as an alternative airport if I Gusti Ngurah Rai Denpasar Airport can not operate due to eruption.

    “In September we have collected all general managers at airports that will be used as alternative and prepare scenarios if there is an increase,” he said.

    AirNav Indonesia has set up 10 airports as diverting options, namely airports in Jakarta, Makassar, Surabaya, Balikpapan, Solo, Ambon, Manado, Praya, Kupang and Banyuwangi.

    “So we have coordinated the coordination and now we are on full alert: The public does not have to worry too much, let alone the latest developments reported that the eruption is getting smaller,” he added.

    Translated by Aryaputra PandeBIC

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