Mount Agung: Jetstar and Indonesia AirAsia to resume flights

Alicia Cross
June 29, 2018

The early morning closure of Ngurah Rai airport resulted in the cancellation of 446 flights, including more than 200 worldwide arrivals and departures, with as many as 15,700 passengers affected, according to news reports.

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 were evacuated closer to the volcano.

The major reason for cancelling the flights during a volcanic eruption is that it can damage engines, clog fuel and can even hamper visibility.

According to The Star, the airport was shut on Friday (June 29) and will remain close until 7pm local time.

Several flights were canceled or rescheduled on Thursday when a volcano erupted on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali, sending a column of ash and smoke at least 2 km into the air, officials said.

"We are monitoring the advice from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre and our team of senior pilots and meteorologists will make an assessment when flights can be resumed", it reads.

"The airport could be closed again if the eruption affects flight safety".

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) also rescheduled its flights between Singapore and Denpasar.

Operations at Bali's airport were disrupted for more than week in early December, stranding thousands of visitors before winds changed to blow the smoke away and the volcano calmed down.

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

Activity at the volcano was high in 2017 and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

Australia's national airline Qantas said in a statement that it's "currently not safe" to operate Bali flights.

Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 250 million people, sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. "We hoped that we could leave this morning, but the airport is closed", she said.

"We will try our best to find a solution so all visitors can continue their trip", Made Mangku Pastika said.

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