Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Bali flights cancelled, thousands affected after Mount Agung erupts again


"Due to volcanic ash cloud caused by Mount Agung in Bali, it is now not safe to operate flights to or from Denpasar Airport", Jetstar said in a statement. Those missed flights have been re-booked to leave tomorrow morning.

It's far from the first time Agung has interrupted travel plans for WA holiday-makers, with a November eruption past year causing chaos to flight schedules.

The cancelled Jetstar flights include routes between Denpasar and Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Cairns.

Air New Zealand says flight NZ245 from Auckland to Bali, due to depart today, has been cancelled as a result of the volcanic activity.

While flights on other airlines are all now running to schedule, anyone flying into or out of Bali is urged to contact their airline to check if there might be delays or cancellations.

The Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar will be shut on Friday until 7pm (local time), airport operator Angkasa Pura and the country's disaster agency said.

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Flight Centre NZ general manager retail, Sue Matson, said Kiwis should not just assume their flights have been cancelled.

Volcano trackers reported two eruptions from Mount Agung, an active volcano in northeastern Bali, between June 10 and June 12.

It had a dramatic increase in activity last year, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, but had quietened by early this year.

AirAsia cancelled 6.30pm and 8pm flights on Thursday between Denpasar and Perth, as well as the 7.30pm Denpasar to Perth flight amid fears the ash could affect the aircraft engines.

Mount Agung volcano erupts during the night, as seen from Datah village, Karangasem Regency in Bali, Indonesia on June 29, 2018.

Authorities were monitoring conditions, but the alert level on the volcano had not been raised so far.

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