During the mandatory 24 hours of silence over the Nyepi New Year period from sunrise on Monday, March 31 until the following sunrise on April 1, 2014 - some 400 flights in and out of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport will be canceled or diverted to other locales.
Those in charge of Bali’s airport calculate 248 domestic and 152 international flights will be affected by the shutdown.
Official Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) have been issued internationally, advising the world aviation community that Bali is of-limits for landing and takeoffs during proscribed period.
And, while there are no flights operating to or from Bali during the 24-hour period, a skeleton staff covering all aspects of normal operations will be on standby in the event that a passing aircraft declares an emergency and requests a technical landing or an medical evacuation flight needs to take a patient out of Bali.
According to NusaBali, the last landing before the shutdown will be Malaysian Airlines (MH867) from Kuala Lumpur scheduled to land at 2:35 am on March 31, 2014. Meanwhile, the first scheduled departure is slated to be Garuda Indonesia (GA403) leaving for Jakarta at 8:00 am on April 1, 2014 followed by Cebu Airlines (CEB280) bound for Manila at 8:35 am.
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