Earthquake in Indonesia: Bali and Lombok airports still operating

Lombok airport extends its operation to 24 hours a day

Airports, hotels and resorts on the Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok are to continue with their operation as usual despite a major earthquake that took place in the area over the weekend.

Despite a major earthquake that took place in Indonesia over the weekend, Bali and Lombok airports are still operating — tupaiterbang / Shutterstock.com Earthquake in Indonesia: Bali and Lombok airports still operating — tupaiterbang / Shutterstock.com
Despite a major earthquake that took place in Indonesia over the weekend, Bali and Lombok airports are still operating – tupaiterbang / Shutterstock

Even though the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.9 and caused tsunami warnings, Lombok international airport authorities said the airport operations had resumed as normal. In a further reaction to the situation, the airport which usually works only until 12 am extended its operation to 24 hours a day on Sunday night.

The earthquake rocked the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Bali on Sunday, reportedly killing 91 people, injuring hundreds and damaging thousands of homes.

The magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit at about 6.46 pm Jakarta time, 27 kilometres northeast of northern Lombok and at a depth of 15 kilometres.

“This is an emergency situation [because] many passengers are coming; hence [the airport] will operate for 24 hours,” said Lombok international airport general manager I Ngurah Ardita in Lombok on Monday, according to the Jakarta Post.

“At this moment, airport operations at Lombok international airport remain normal. We encouraged passengers not to panic during the aftershocks and immediately to move to safer places via emergency exits.”

Ardita said the airport was currently filled with passengers seeking to depart from Lombok. Majority of the travellers are reportedly going to Bali, Surabaya and Jakarta.

Denpasar airport in Bali hasn’t implemented any restrictions, House of Travel product and channel director Dave Fordyce said.

“The main damage to buildings as a result of the earthquake occurred on the other side of the island away from the main tourist beaches of Lombok,” he said.

“Du to proximity the earthquake was felt on Bali, which sustained some minor damage to the Denpasar airport terminal, however, this hasn’t affected the airport at all, with flights operating as normal,” said Flight Centre New Zealand general manager, Sue Matson.

She added that hotels and resorts in Lombok are operating as normal, however, many tourists have decided to leave.

“There were widespread power outages (primarily in the northern and western regions of Lombok) although this is beginning to be restored,” she added.