29 June 2018Hot off the Press
Flights to and from Bali have been cancelled or delayed, following another eruption of the Indonesian island’s Mount Agung volcano.
Clouds of volcanic ash have spewed more than two kilometres into the air.
Ngurah Rai International Airport, near Bali’s chief city of Denpasar, was closed at 3:00 am (local time), and is not due to open until at least 7:00 pm.
Meteorologists and pilots continue assessing the weather conditions.
Virgin Australia and AirAsia have cancelled all flights to Denpasar today, and Jetstar cancelled several flights overnight.
More flights to and from Bali are expected to be cancelled, and airlines are waiting to see whether the airport will reopen.
Melbourne Airport spokesperson Grant Smith said: “Based on the flight time out of Melbourne, it’s possible some flights may still depart today, but we’ll have to take our guidance from the airlines once they’re notified of what’s happening on the ground there.”
The eruption may dampen traveller’s holiday plans, with school holidays beginning for Victorian and Western Australian students tomorrow.
Bali’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism, and has suffered from the recent series of volcanic earthquakes and eruptions since August last year.