Flights in and out of Bali cancelled

Marcus Newton
June 29, 2018

"Due to a volcanic ash cloud caused by Mount Agung in Bali, it is now not safe to operate flights to or from Denpasar Airport", the statement said.

Thousands of tourists were stranded Friday as Bali shuttered its global airport following a volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island that shot a thick plume of ash and smoke thousands of metres into the sky, officials said.

Air New Zealand has already cancelled flights, with flight NZ245 from Auckland to Bali and return flight NZ246 affected.

Travellers were urged to check their airlines' websites after the volcano began spewing water vapour and ash into the atmosphere on Thursday.

However, it said, several flights remained as scheduled until further notice.

In Australia, flights between Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and Bali have been delayed, cancelled and turned back because of the renewed activity.

"Based on the meteorology agency prediction, the volcanic ash will reach the airport on Friday morning", airport spokesman Yanus Suprayogi said in a statement, adding that a possible extension of the airport closure after 7pm would be reviewed.

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They can also contact their respective airlines to reschedule their flights or ask for a refund, depending on the options given.

Mount Agung, in northeastern Bali, has erupted with various intensities since late past year and in December the airport was also closed for a period and thousands of residents were evacuated closer to the volcano.

Tens of thousands of locals fled to evacuation centres after last year's eruption.

Indonesia is the world's most active volcanic region and lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent volcanic and seismic activities.

Duty manager at Denpasar's Ngurah Rai International Airport, Darta Pande, said on Thursday that many flights would continue to operate.

Ash cloud Mount Agung produces can pose a threat to aircraft flying in the area.

Its last major eruption in 1963 killed around 1,600 people.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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