If you’re making plans to visit Lombok for the impending holidays, you might want to put your plans on hold first.
Mount Agung, a volcano on the island has erupted and is plaguing nearby resorts and villages with clouds of ashes and volcanic debris. Tests have indicated that the volcanic ash in the vicinity had reached a dangerous level, and this has resulted in the immediate closure of Bali and Lombok airports.
According to Bloomberg, a total of 445 flights to Bali and Lombok have been cancelled, which means about 59,000 tourists are currently stranded and unable to leave the island.
Both Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia have also announced that they have cancelled flights to Bali and Lombok following the volcanic activity. According to AirAsia, all affected guests will be kept updated of their flight status via email and SMS, make sure to update your contact details on the site.
The airport closure will remain in effect until Tuesday morning and the situation will be reviewed every 6 hours.