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Flights cancelled as Bali eruptions continue

Volcanic plume continues to cause disruptions to flights leaving thousands of tourists trapped and locals homeless
01/12/2017

Pictured: Mount Agung

International airlines in Bali have begun to cut back on flights as authorities fear a return of plumes of volcanic ash from the erupting Mount Agung. 

The erupting volcano closed Bali airport for most of the week, leaving thousands of tourists stranded, before the winds changed and flights resumed. 

Meteorological officials warned the ash could hit operations at Bali airport, which is about 40 miles south-west of Mount Agung, again on Friday. Wind conditions were unpredictable and ash could impair invisibility at night, officials said.


Australian airlines Qantas and Jetstar will cancel nine flights today as reports came in from the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) saying that the eruptions were getting stronger.


While tens of thousands of residents have been evacuated amid scenes of chaos, stranded tourists have been condemned online for crass social media posts of themselves with the volcanic plume in the background.


 


Meanwhile the Foreign and Commonwealth office has issued a statement following the eruption urging tourists to remain outside the 10 kilometre exclusion zone and to confirm travel arrangements directly with their airline or travel agents as disruptions continue.


 


Around 330,000 British nationals visit Indonesia every year. In 2010 eruptions from the Eyjafjallaj√∂kull voncano in Iceland caused enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe over an initial period of six days in April 2010. About 20 countries closed their airspace to commercial jet traffic and it affected about 10 million travellers.


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