Eruption of Sangeang Api in Indonesia

Media Release


31 May 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has advised that flight schedules in and out of Darwin are being impacted by an ash cloud following the eruption of Sangeang Api on Sangeang Island in Indonesia on 30 May.

Flights heading through northern Australia to overseas destinations are being re-routed around the ash cloud.

With the assistance of the Bureau of Meteorology's Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC), Airservices Australia is closely monitoring the ash plume and will be assessing what, if any, further disruption may be necessary over the course of this morning and the day.

Detailed information on the volcanic ash cloud is being provided to all airlines, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Airservices Australia by the Darwin VAAC.

Passengers are advised to check with their airlines for further information.

The ash cloud, which is between 20,000 and 40,000 feet (6-13km), is currently moving in a south easterly direction at approximately 120 knots.

Depending on wind and other weather conditions, the ash has the potential to affect flights to and from other airports, including Brisbane, during coming days. This is currently being fully assessed.

Airservices' National Operations Centre is working with airlines to minimise disruption for the travelling public and provide them with the latest information throughout the day.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is also monitoring the situation.

Decisions on whether or not flights will operate will be made by individual airlines and operators based on a careful assessment of all available information.