Bali volcano ash shuts airport, stranding passengers

30 June, 2018, 18:30 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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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. Australian airlines had cancelled flights scheduled for Thursday evening while the airport was still operating.

Duty manager at Denpasar's Ngurah Rai International Airport, Darta Pande, said on Thursday that many flights would continue to operate.

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

Bali's Government Tourism Office said at 7am local time on Friday (12am BST) people living 60 to 70 kilometres away from the summit in South Bali faced no immediate threat.

ReutersBali volcano eruption update: When did Mount Agung last erupt?

Mount Agung caused chaos for holiday makers in November, shutting down the airport and stranding thousands.

Air New Zealand said flight NZ245 from Auckland to Denpasar and the return flight NZ246 from Denpasar to Auckland have been cancelled today.

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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.

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.

"At Flight Centre we are closely monitoring the situation and working with our customers due to travel to the region to provide support and advice".

Despite the eruption the volcano's status has not been raised by Indonesia's volcanology agency and remained at alert level, while the Volcano Observatory Notice For Aviation has issued an orange level warning.

Agung has been erupting periodically since it rumbled back to life past year.

There is a 4km no-go zone around Agung's peak. Mt. Agung is situated in Bali's northeast area, around 70 km from Kuta.

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