Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport usually referred to just Denpasar (DPS) reopened for business on Wednesday afternoon after winds blew the volcanic ask clouds to other direction.
Some airlines have already operated flights to the airport and more full schedule is being planned for Thursday with extra rescue flights thrown in.
Flights starting to come in:
Here’s an excerpt from Reuters (access the piece here):
The reopening of the airport, which is about 60 km (37 miles) away from Mount Agung, followed a downgrade in an aviation warning to one level below the most serious, with the arrival of more favorable winds.
The decision to resume flights followed an emergency meeting at the airport, when authorities weighing up weather conditions, tests and data from AirNav and other groups.
Agung looms over eastern Bali to a height of just over 3,000 meters (9,800 feet). Its last major eruption in 1963 killed more than 1,000 people and razed several villages.
Stranded passengers in Bali (wishing actually to get out) should contact their respective airlines to confirm their rebooked itineraries. It might take some time to get everyone out. The conditions could again change unexpectedly if the active volcano decides to erupt leading to closure of the airport.
I had some readers contacting me that had had trouble getting hotels to cancel their nonrefundable reservations in Bali for the next few days. It is understandable that it is not probably the best time to fly in if there is a chance of an immediate eruption that would lead to an evacuation.
If Marriott affiliated hotels (looking at the Westin) are unwilling to cancel and refund, corporate should intervene.