Bali opened its international airport on Friday after a volcanic eruption temporarily grounded flights, stranding thousands of tourists on the Indonesian holiday island.
Ngurah Rai airport began operating around 2:30pm local time (07:30 GMT), about 12 hours after it closed in response to Mount Agung belching smoke and ash
“Following the issuance of NOTAM [notice to airmen] No. A2552/18 on the reopening of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, all Citilink Indonesia flights from and to Bali will resume normal operations,” said the carrier’s vice president corporate secretary and CSR, Ranty Astari Rachman, in a statement on Friday.
Based on the NOTAM and data received from monitoring and coordination on the ground with all of the airport’s stakeholders, the volcanic ash is no longer enveloping the airspace, allowing all flights to resume.