The aviation threat level VONA (Volcanic Observatory for Aviation) was reduced from Red to Orange on the morning of November 29th, with authorities at Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport approving operations the same day at 14:28 Central Indonesian Time. The majority of larger international carriers will be operating flights in and out of Denpasar Airport again starting from today, November 30th.
Ash clouds from Agung Volcano are currently moving southeast over the Lombok Strait resulting in airport authorities at Lombok Praya International Airport announcing an airport closure from November 30th at 10:37 am to 23:59 Central Indonesian Time. Authorities are evaluating the airport situation every six hours and decisions to close or reopen airports will be based on wind direction, ash cloud location and ash emissions.
Whilst Mt. Agung Volcano continues to emit volcanic ash up to 2,000 meters above its summit, the National PVMBG Geological Agency is recording decreased volcanic and seismic activity at the moment, but the alert level is being kept at its highest.
Satellite images show that another tropical cyclone, Dahlia, has reached West Java and is moving towards Central Java. It is predicted to reach Central Java by the evening of 1st December, before drifting southwards into the Indian Ocean. Similar to the previous Cyclone Cempaka, Dahlia’s low pressure centre carries the potential of dragging ash clouds from Mt. Agung Volcano to the southwest, which maybe could result again in another closure of Bali’s International Airport.
Operations on the island are generally running normal though activities in East Bali remain suspended.
Destination Asia Indonesia is monitoring the situation closely and is in touch with all its guests on the island. Our Customer Service Department continues to coordinate travel arrangements and accommodation requirements with each guest directly.