Ash From New Volcanic Eruptions Closes Bali's Airport

Ash From New Volcanic Eruptions Closes Bali's Airport

Another flight, Jetstar's 3K246, which was to land at 10.05pm from Denpasar was also scrapped.

Mt. Agung, about 70 kilometres northeast of Bali's tourist hotspot of Kuta, last had a major eruption in the year 1963, killing about 1,100 people.

AIRLINES have put on extra flights to clear the backlog of passengers stranded after the small eruption of Bali's Mount Agung closed Denpasar Airport.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency has also informed that almost 450 flights were cancelled.

The volcano began belching ash and smoke on Thursday and several airlines canceled inbound and outbound flights scheduled for the evening.

Officials predict the ash cloud would move west and southwest of the Island, and said there may be an increase in quake tremors. The volcanic ash is deemed to be a potentially deadly threat to aircraft that can damage the engines.

Earlier, authorities were forced to cancel 115 worldwide flights and 203 domestic ones, affecting almost 27,000 travelers.

"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.

Jetstar's flights cancelled today include: JQ91 Denpasar to Cairns; JQ117 Singapore - Denpasar - Perth.

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

It was shooting a column of ash more than 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) into the sky on Friday and officials said operations at Indonesia's second-busiest airport would be reviewed every few hours.

Tens of thousands of locals fled to evacuation centres after last year's eruption.

Indonesia is home to around 130 volcanoes due to its position in the highly active ring of fire - a belt of tectonic plate boundaries in the Pacific Ocean which is vulnerable to frequent seismic activity.

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