The Indonesian Transport Ministry today closed again the international airport in Lombok of West Nusa Tenggara province due to impact of volcanic ash from Mount Agung volcano on nearby Bali island, China's Xinhua news agency reported a senior government official as saying. (AFP photo)

JAKARTA: The Indonesian Transport Ministry today closed again the international airport in Lombok of West Nusa Tenggara province due to volcanic ash from Mount Agung on nearby Bali island, China's Xinhua news agency reported a senior government official as saying.

The closure started at 10.37am local time and will be end at 12 midnight local time, a statement from the directorate general air transport of the ministry disclosed.

It was revealed that the volcanic ash has spread towards the south and southeastern part of the island where the airport is situated.

The closure was undertaken after the authorities reopened the airport on Tuesday having shut it down a day earlier.

Lombok is another major tourist destination for holiday makers in Indonesia.

When the volcano erupted, the Lombok international airport had served as an alternative when when the Bali Ngurah Rai airport was closed.

The flight authorities had earlier downgraded the flight alert level.

However, Mount Agung volcano in Karangasem district remains at the top eruption alert level.

Over 1,500 people were killed in the last eruption of the volcano in 1963.

The Mount Agung is one of more than 100 active volcanoes in the archipelagic nation.

-- BERNAMA

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