Bali flights cancelled, thousands affected after Mount Agung erupts again

29 June, 2018, 14:57 | Author: Elaine Woods
  • Passengers in Perth arrive at the airport to find their flights are cancelled

The regional volcanic ash advisory centre in Darwin said winds could carry the ash southwest toward Bali's worldwide airport and Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island.

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.

It's happening again! All flights to and from Bali, the famous Indonesian resort island will be cancelled after the Mount Agung volcano became active again.

A number of flights between Australia and Bali have been cancelled or turned back due to ash from the eruption of the island's Mount Agung.

Mount Agung has been spewing clouds of ash up to 2,500 metres into the air since Wednesday. Volcanic ash is a potentially deadly threat to aircraft that can cause engines to "flame out".

The airport will stay shut on Friday until 7 pm local time (1100 GMT), and 48 flights had been cancelled affecting 8,334 passengers, including 38 global flights and 10 domestic flights, the disaster mitigation agency said in a statement.

Australia's national airline Qantas said it was monitoring advice from the regional Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Darwin, Australia, and its own pilots and meteorologists would decide when flights can resume. The authorities have also reduced its alert status from higher to lower level in the month of February 2018.

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"I was very upset when I got to the airport and it was closed".

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 a year ago and in December the airport was also closed for a period and thousands were evacuated closer to the volcano.

Jetstar scrapped its flights from Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane this morning to the tourist hotspot due to renewed activity at the volcano.

Air New Zealand said flight NZ245 from Auckland to Denpasar and the return flight NZ246 from Denpasar to Auckland have been cancelled today. "We hoped that we could leave this morning, but the airport is closed", she said.

Bali's governor said officials were working on getting visitors on their way.

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