Bali airport reopens as volcano rumbles

Passengers in Perth arrive at the airport to find their flights are cancelled

Just after a few hours, the Mount Agung volcano gushed a 2500 metre column of ash and smoke, the Indonesian tourist island of Bali closed its global airport.

Earlier, authorities were forced to cancel 115 global flights and 203 domestic ones, affecting almost 27,000 travellers.

Passengers with Garuda Indonesia tickets have the option to reschedule their flight or get a refund, Nengki said, adding that Garuda Indonesia would closely monitor the situation, particularly the spread of volcanic ash.

Passengers look at an informtaion board at Bali's global airport, Indonesia on Thursday as airlines cancelled flights due to volcanic eruption from Mount Agung.

Mount Agung was spotted erupting on Thursday (June 28) and it was predicted that the ash would reach the airport on Friday.

There was no indication of how long the eruption might last, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the disaster mitigation agency said in a statement, and the alert level on the volcano remains unchanged for now.

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

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


Ash is risky for planes as it makes runways slippery and can be sucked into their engines.

Denpasar has been shut after it was reported that the volcano was spewing out ash and flames.

The volcano's eruption threat reared its head again in November, sparking travel chaos and pounding Bali's lucrative tourism industry and its wider economy.

The volcano is about 75km from Bali's tourist hub in Kuta.

Jetstar and Virgin Australia also canceled flights, according to media.

Thousands were stranded at the airport or area hotels Friday, but it was not immediately clear how many tourists were unable to leave the island. Its last major eruption was in 1963 and killed about 1200 people.

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.

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