JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM – Director General of Air Transportation Agus Santoso explained that the elevation of Mount Agung (Gunung Agung)’s activity status has not affected the flight activity from and towards the Island of the Gods.
However, responding to the situation, the Directorate General of Air Transportation with relevant stakeholders has prepared a contingency plan to anticipate volcano eruption and impacts on aviation activity.
“Until Saturday morning WITA [Central Indonesian Time], the spread of volcanic ash has not been detected. Thus, the condition occurring on Mount Agung has not affected flight operations. Aviation acivities, both domestic and international as well as over flying remain normal,” said Director General of Air Transportation Agus Santoso, on Saturday (9/23/2017).
Related to the increased volcanic activity of Mount Agung, the Directorate General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation reminded all flight personnel, especially those who will conduct operations around Bali to be vigilant.
All flight operations must refer to standard operating procedures (SOPs) that have been established concerning volcanic activity.
“Weather conditions should be actually taken into account and refer to the results of observations and studies from the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) and BMKG [Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysical Agency], the flight navigation management team (AirNav Indonesia) and airline pilots should conduct intensive coordination with PVMBG in order to avoid conditions that could endanger the safety of aviation operations,” said Agus Santoso.
Agus stressed that the safety, security and comfort of the flight must be kept in mind. Therefore, prevention should take precedence to anticipate things that are not desirable. On the other hand, Agus also requires all parties to prepare for the worst.
“This is a natural condition that we cannot prevent, so we have to be patient and anticipate it so we need safety, security and comfort,” he said. (*)