Flights to Bali cancelled as Mount Agung erupts

Howard TerryJun 29, 2018

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

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

Bali airport was operating normally, but some airlines said they had canceled flights to and from the island known for its beaches and temples.

A number of global flights have been cancelled after the Mount Agung volcano began spewing water vapour and ash two kilometres into the air.

Bali closed its worldwide airport following a volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island that sent thick smoke and ash billowing 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) into the air, an official said Friday.

No other airlines have cancelled flights yet.

"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".

Mt Agung is about 70km northeast of Bali's tourist hotspot of Kuta.

"There have been a number of events world-wide recently, such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes, which highlights the importance of travel insurance and so we recommend anyone soon to travel overseas to make sure they have sufficient cover for their trip, " she said.

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

Another two Jetstar planes to Denpasar from Perth and Sydney were turned back as 22 flights across the country were affected.

A duty manager at Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar), Darta Pande, said many flights were continuing to operate.

Today there were 30 tremors recorded from the volcano in the last six hours with authorities reporting activity from the site in the last few days.

Twelve Jetstar flights, including routes between Denpasar and Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Cairns, were cancelled. Government seismologists monitor more than 120 active volcanoes.

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