Bali airport reopens after third volcanic ash closure

Bali airport reopens after third volcanic ash closure

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Bali’s international airport reopened after the third closure in two weeks caused flight cancellations and disrupted the plans of holidaymakers.

The international airport in Denpasar was temporarily closed due to the volcanic eruption of Mount Raung in Java but has now opened again.

A number of flights that were diverted are now landing in Bali, though delays are still expected. Some airlines with cancelled flights have started to resume services.

Garuda Indonesia reinstated 14 flights that were previously cancelled while Lion Group, which operates Lion Air and Wings Air, resumed operations in and out of the island.

Virgin Australia cancelled all Wednesday flights to and from Bali.

The airport closure came amid the peak holiday season for Bali and followed a six-day public holiday to celebrate Eid, when more than 200 million of Indonesia’s Muslims travel home to be with their extended families.

Thousands of tourists were stranded earlier this month as the volcanic eruption in eastern Java forced authorities to shut Bali’s airport for three days until July 11.

The airport was closed again for the early part of July 12.

Garuda previously said it cancelled 32 flights scheduled for Wednesday afternoon on expectation the airport will be closed through 7pm local time, in line with a notice distributed by the Indonesian transport ministry. Lion Group earlier said it re-scheduled 35 flights.


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