Sunday, February 28, 2016

Bali Airport to Shut Down for 24-Hours on March 9, 2016 to Mark Bali’s Day of Silence - Nyepi

All Flights Diverted on March 9, 2016 

PT Angkasa Pura I, the operating authority of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport, has prepared an official Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) advising the international aviation community that operations will cease for a 24-hour period starting on the morning of March 9. 2016 – the office Bali-Hindu Day of Silence “Nyepi.

As reported by the State News Agency Antara, the general manager of PT Angkasa Pura I, Trikora Harjo, confirmed that the NOTAM would be issued formally one week prior to Nyepi.

The NOTAM advises that one of Indonesia’s busiest airports in Bali will close for 24-hour before sunrise on March 9, 2015. Bali’s airport will close beginning at 6:00 am on that date and resume operations at 6:01 am on the following day.

A skeleton staff will be on duty at the airport to assist with any technical or emergency landings that might occur during the annual closure. If a plane landed at the airport during the closure period, passengers and crew, with the exception of medical emergencies, would not be allowed to leave the airport terminal until the morning of March 10, 2016 or, as it otherwise known, the first day of the Bali-Hindu New Year – Caka 1938.

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