Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia have cancelled flights to and from Bali and Lombok, Indonesia for today (July 10th), after the airports were closed due to a volcanic eruption in Mount Raung.
It has been reported that a Notice to Airmen was issued and the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali will be closed from 9.25am to 9.30pm while the Lombok International Airport will be closed from 9.12am to 9.30pm.
AirAsia said they would notify affected guests of their flight cancellations and the options that will be available to them. In a statement, AirAsia also stated:
“AirAsia is working closely with all relevant authorities and will provide updates if there are any further flights affected apart from today, July 10th. Guests are advised to check AirAsia’s website or social media pages for any further announcements.”
Malaysia Airlines said it would continue to keep track and monitor the situation and provide regular updates. MAS said in a statement:
“Guests are advised to check their flight status on www.malaysiaairlines.com or call 1300-88-3000 before proceeding to the airport. “Safety remains of utmost importance to Malaysia Airlines.”
According to news reports, other airports closed include those in Jember and Banyuwangi, due to the ash cloud which is causing visibility issues. Mount Raung in East Jave, one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, have been spitting out ash into the air for almost a week, obscuring visibility at the Ngurah Rai airport.