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Bali's Airport Comes Back to Life

Ngurah Rai Airport Returns to Life after its Annual 24-Hour Holiday.

(3/30/2009) After coming to a complete standstill due to the mandatory day of official silence on "Nyepi", lasting for 24-hours from sunrise on March 26, 2009, Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport "re-awoke" on Friday morning, March 27, 2009, when Indonesian Air Transport IDA 110 left for Lombok at 8:06 a.m. followed by the landing of Garuda 340 from Surabaya at 8:18 a.m..

In accordance with tradition and the law, Bali's airport was closed to regular flights for the entire "Nyepi" period.

While scheduled airlines cancelled their services touching on Bali during this pause, technical landings and emergency medical evacuations flights are allowed to operate, if required.

According to the Bali Post, on Thursday (Nyepi) there was an emergency request from Lion Air on a flight from Mataram (Lombok) to Surabaya seeking permission to land in Bali due to poor weather conditions in Surabaya. However, a sudden improvement in the weather allowed the Lion Air plane to continue and land safely in Surabaya without undertaking the requested landing in a very quiet Bali.