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Bali flights halted as Mt. Agung volcano erupts again

Staff Writer |
Thousands of Australians have put their dreams of a Bali holiday on hold with flights from capital cities cancelled after Indonesia’s Mount Agung began spewing water vapour and ash into the atmosphere.

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Denpasar Airport was closed as a result of the volcanic activity, however, it reopened about 4.30pm AEST.

Virgin Australia said the development would not change their earlier decision to cancel eight flights to and from Denpasar, affecting Brisbane and Sydney travellers.

The airline also announced two inbound services from Denpasar, to Brisbane and Sydney, that were delayed from Thursday had been dropped and Saturday’s services were under review.

Virgin will provide another update on Saturday morning.

Jetstar initially scrapped flights to the tourist hotspot from Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane on Friday morning, while its flights leaving Bali - bound for the three capital cities and Cairns - were also cancelled.

However, Jetstar and Qantas later announced flights would operate in the evening subject to changes in conditions.

“Our team of senior pilots and meteorologists will continue to monitor the situation and we thank our customers for their understanding,” Qantas said in a statement.

All three carriers said passengers will receive an SMS or email if their Bali flight is affected however Australians are urged to check airline website for flight status updates.

AirAsia has issued a statement saying that most of its flights from and to Denpasar, Bali have been cancelled today. Several flights remain as scheduled until further notice.

“AirAsia will notify guests of their flight status via email and SMS. AirAsia strongly encourages all guests to update their contact details at airasia.com to ensure that they are notified of any updates to their flights,” the statement read.

Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency said more than 8300 passengers worldwide had been affected.

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


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