Tourism: The Sangeang Api eruption in West Nusa Tengara

The recent eruption of the Sangeang Api volcano, also called Mr. Sangiang, in West Nusa Tengara, Indonesia, is important for the travel and tourism industry to be aware of.

Tourism: The Sangeang Api eruption in West Nusa Tengara

The recent eruption of the Sangeang Api volcano, also called Mr. Sangiang, in West Nusa Tengara, Indonesia, is important for the travel and tourism industry to be aware of.

Mt. Sangian on Pulau Sangeang, located about 50km North East of the city of Bima in the North East of Sumbawa island, erupted recently, shooting three columns of smoke and ash up to about 13km into the air. There have been no reports of injuries or casualties though ash rains started to decent in the early morning hours of Saturday and winds have carried the ash clouds affecting cities like Bima and Labuan Bajo on Flores island as well the Komodo Island National Park.

Snageang island is a small, lone-standing volcanic island, covering 152 square kilometers and largely uninhabited, but still used by locals from the nearby Sumbawa Island for farming.

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The Komodo Airport in Labuhan Bajo, the capital of West Mangarai regency in East Nusa Tenggara and the Airport of Bima have been temporarily closed until further notice. Most tours into the Komodo Island National Park, operated mainly ex Labuan Bajo, have been suspended and are expect to resume soon again. While the area east of Sangeang Island reported no further ash or dust descending, most of the island of Sumbawa as well as Flores and Sumba in the surrounding were covered in ash and dust.

Domestic flights in and out of that area had been cancelled as well as international flights between Darwin and Indonesia, including flights into Bali.

The latest reports indicate that domestic flights in the North West of Australia as well as international flights out and in to Darwin will be resumed as the ash plumes disperses.

All other major destinations in Indonesia, such as Lombok and Bali and any islands further west are not affected and are operating as normal. Destination Asia Indonesia is monitoring the situation and our staff is on alert in order to react quickly and effectively should any situation arise.

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