Airport in Lombok re-opens; stranded Singapore students to return

Passengers wait for their delayed fligths at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia on Nov 4, 2015.
Passengers wait for their delayed fligths at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia on Nov 4, 2015.PHOTO: EPA

SINGAPORE - A group of students from Singapore who were stranded in Lombok will be returning as the airport on the Indonesian island re-opened on Thursday.

Lombok International Airport reopened on Thursday morning after being closed for more than a week due to volcanic activity, The Jakarta Post reported.

 

The 26-member group from Singapore includes 19 students, and three teachers from the School of Science and Technology, Singapore, who are on a five-day marine conservation trip under the school's Global Citizenship Programme.

They arrived in Lombok on Nov 2, and were due to leave by Nov 6, but were held up as the airport was closed due to volcanic ash spewing from the Barujari crater in Mount Rinjani.

The Ministry of Education told The Straits Times on Thursday night: "The Lombok International Airport was reopened today. Plans have been made for the students and teachers to fly back to Singapore from Lombok."