Five Indonesian Airports on complete shut down after volcanic eruption in the region
After continuous churn outs of ashes from Mount Raung in East Java Indonesia, the authorities were compelled to shut down five airports. Bali, which is considered major tourist hub in the region, is one of them. Many of the travelers, therefore, have been left stranded in the airports.
The volcanic eruption was not explosive; however the constant streams are worse enough to affect the flights around the region. Modern jet engines tend to pull in great amount of air. As a result, the ashes would concentrate inside the engine chamber and turn it into molten glass which eventually might lead to the engine burnout.
The affected airports are namely Denpasar airport, which is about 120km from Mount Raung, International airport in Lombok,Selaparang Airport in Lombok, Blimbingsari Airport and Notohadinegoro Airport in East Java respectively. As stated by Indonesian transport ministry official JA Barata, the re-opening of the airports would be based completely on the volcanic action on Mount Raung.
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