• The Eruption of Mount Agung has no Impact on Aviation

    Photo Archives – A number of workers closed the aircraft engine parked at Ngurah Rai Airport, Denpasar. (BETWEEN PHOTO / Nyoman Budhiana / wdy)

    Jakarta – The eruption of Gunung Agung, Bali on Tuesday (22/11) has no impact on aviation activities, as stated by Perum Lembaga Penyelenggara Pelayanan Navigasi Udara Indonesia (Airnav Indonesia).

    However, AirNav Operations Director of Indonesia Wisnu Darjono said in Jakarta on Wednesday that it keeps a close watch on developments and alerting all its personnel.

    “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,” he said.

    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 already 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 done 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 said. (WDY)

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    Sources: https://bali.antaranews.com/berita/122920/letusan-gunung-agung-tidak-berdampak-pada-penerbangan
    Translated by Aryaputra PandeBIC

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