Sangeang Api Eruption Update

Media Release


31 May 2014

Airservices Australia, with the assistance of the Bureau of Meteorology's Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC), continues to monitor three separate ash plumes resulting from the eruption of Sangeang Api on Sangeang Island in Indonesia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said this afternoon.

The Darwin VAAC continues to keep airlines, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Airservices Australia updated with detailed information on the volcanic ash clouds.

All non-emergency flights in and out of Darwin have been suspended.

Flights heading through northern Australia to overseas destinations are being re-routed.

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

The first ash cloud, which remains between 20,000 and 50,000 feet (6–15km), is over central Australia and currently moving in a south-easterly direction at approximately 100 knots. However, it is dissipating quickly and is now not expected to extend far into Queensland or affect flights to and from Brisbane.

A second cloud at about 45,000 feet is currently over Darwin and is moving east at about 60 knots. This cloud is also expected to dissipate before it reaches the Queensland border. Further updates will be provided as new information becomes available.

The third ash cloud is currently north-east of Bali, Indonesia, and is not expected to enter Australian airspace.

Airservices Australia's National Operations Centre is working with all airlines to minimise disruption for the travelling public and provide them with the latest information. They are also working closely with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

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.

More information is available from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre and Civil Aviation Safety Authority.