Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Bali flights resume as Denpasar Airport reopens after Mt Agung volcano eruptions

Bali flights resume as Denpasar Airport reopens after Mt Agung volcano eruptions

More than 20 flights across Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin and Air Asia were disrupted between Thursday night and Friday morning due to the ash cloud moving toward Denpasar airport, which is now closed.

At Bali's global airport, hundreds of passengers were queuing in the lobby of the terminal to get updates from airlines, while some slept on the floor next to their baggage.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the airport closure began early Friday.

"We are continuing to monitor conditions in Bali following volcanic eruptions at Mount Agung", Jetstar said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a check yesterday evening with Changi Airport's website found that AirAsia Flight QZ508, which was scheduled to land in Singapore at 8.20pm from Denpasar airport, had been cancelled.

Ash from a volcanic eruption forced the closure of the global airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Friday, as Mount Agung volcano became active again after a lull since late previous year. Although an exclusion zone around the carter has been marked at 4 km, planes need to avoid flying through volcanic ash as it might cause damage to aircraft engines, cooling systems, clog fuel and hamper visibility.

Two other nearby airports in East Java will remain closed until 5pm (1900 AEST) local time.

A change in wind direction pushed the ash away from Bali's global gateway, allowing flights to resume, an airport official said.

Based on the NOTAM and data received from monitoring and coordination on the ground with all of the airport's stakeholders, the volcanic ash is no longer enveloping the airspace, allowing all flights to resume.

Authorities raised the warning alert to the highest level on November 22 and ordered the evacuation of people living nearby after two days of eruptions.

Mt. Agung, about 70 kilometres northeast of Bali's tourist hotspot of Kuta, last had a major eruption in the year 1963, killing about 1,100 people.

Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area known for seismic upheavals and volcanic eruptions.

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