Monday, 22 October, 2018

Bali flights cancelled as volcano erupts

Passengers in Perth arrive at the airport to find their flights are cancelled Camera Icon Passengers in Perth arrive at the airport to find their flights are
Patty Aguilar | 29 June, 2018, 09:33

A number of global flights have been cancelled after the Mount Agung volcano began spewing water vapour and ash two kilometres into the air.

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

Flight Centre NZ general manager retail, Sue Matson, said Kiwis should not just assume their flights have been cancelled.

Jetstar cancelled 10 flights to and from Bali, as Qantas also turned back to Melbourne and Sydney flights to the island, and cancelled two more.

The eruption of Mount Agung in eastern Bali on Thursday has triggered at least 48 flight cancellations including those operated by Malaysia-based AirAsia and Australia's JetStar.

"We advise any of our customers now in the area, or due to visit Bali, to register with Safe Travel in order to keep updated on the most recent information".

AirAsia cancelled 6.30pm and 8pm flights on Thursday between Denpasar and Perth, as well as the 7.30pm Denpasar to Perth flight amid fears the ash could affect the aircraft engines.

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AirAsia encouraged all passengers to update their contact details at airasia.com as they would be notified of their flight status via email and SMS.

Mount Agung has been erupting periodically since it rumbled back to life a year ago.

There have already been some shots of Agung's eruption from the air by those on the last flight out.

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. She writes news features and covers the education round.

Activity at the volcano was high last year and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, but it had been quieter this year.

Mount Agung volcano erupts during the night, as seen from Datah village, Karangasem Regency in Bali, Indonesia on June 29, 2018.

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. The airport at Bali, the biggest tourist destination in Indonesia, was shut down for more than a day in November, leading to losses of about $1 billion for the tourism industry.

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