Volcanic ash disrupts flights to Bali

first_imgVirgin Blue, Jetstar and Cathay Pacific are among the airlines forced to cancel flights to and from Bali yesterday after ash from a volcano eruption blew too close to Denpasar airport. Earlier this morning Virgin Blue advised that it had cancelled all flights to and from Bali over the next 24 hours as a precautionary method while Mount Bromo’s ash continued to move towards the runways. “Guests currently in Denpasar with bookings which were scheduled to depart within the next 24 hours are requested to stay in their current accommodation and await further advice from Virgin Blue,” the airline said. Jetstar Airways was also forced to cancel up to five flights to and from Sydney, Darwin and Perth to Denpasar. “Safety of our passengers and crew is Jetstar’s number one priority and as a result the airline has cancelled tonight’s flights between Australia and Denpasar (Bali).” Cathay Pacific Airways noted flight disruptions, with one flight en-route from Hong Kong to Bali forced to turn back around. Cathay Pacific postponed its Denpasar to Hong Kong service from yesterday afternoon to Friday 4.45pm Hong Kong time. Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre meteorologist Billy Lynch said the volcano could cause airline disruptions for days, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.”If it continues to erupt and the wind continues to blow the ash towards the airports, there could be disruptions,” Mr Lynch said. The volcano located in Java, Indonesia began erupting over a week ago and has been described as “moderate” compared to the eruption of Indonesia’s Merapi volcano last year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more