Bali airport resumes operations day after volcano Mount Agung erupts

Charlene Craig
June 30, 2018

Its last major eruption in 1963 killed more than 1,000 people and razed several villages.

Operations at Bali's Ngurah Rai Denpasar International Airport have resumed after a temporary shut down on Friday morning.

"Micro tremors are still being detected. indicating that magma is moving towards the surface", Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the disaster mitigation agency said.

They have warned that the situation remains unpredictable and flights may be cancelled at very short notice if conditions deteriorate.

The regional volcanic ash advisory centre in Darwin, Australia, said winds could carry the ash southwest toward Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island.

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Volcanic ash is hard and abrasive, and can damage propellers and turbo compressor blades, as well as scratching cockpit windows.

"We will try our best to find a solution so all visitors can continue their trip", Made Mangku Pastika said.

Twenty-two Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin and Air Asia flights have been affected between Thursday night and Friday morning.

It was a timely reminder that insurance should be bought at the time of booking.

The cancelled flights included those between Kuala Lumpur and Bali, between Bangkok and Bali, between Singapore and Bali, between Perth and Bali, between Jakarta and Bali, between Bandung and Bali, between Yogyakarta and Bali, and between Solo and Bali, it said.

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"If you are on a scheduled flight, before heading to the airport please check the status of your flight from the Flight status page on or via our smartphone app".

Mount Agung began shooting ash 2000 metres into the air on Thursday.

The global airport at Indonesia's Bali island was reopened on Friday, after authorities closed it due to a volcanic eruption the previous day, AFP reported.

Tens of thousands of locals fled to evacuation centres after last year's eruption. Government seismologists monitor more than 120 active volcanoes.

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