Airlift on to bring Bali travellers home
AUSTRALIAN airlines will attempt to bring about 4000 holiday- makers home from Bali today after a much- needed reprieve from a persistent volcanic ash cloud.
But insurance industry estimates suggest more than 20,000 Aussies could be caught up in the disruption that began almost a week ago.
Virgin Australia yesterday scheduled 18 services, including ten extra flights from Bali, and Jetstar also planned to operate 18 flights, many with larger aircraft in order to move more people.
The flights are in addition to 19 services flown yesterday by Jetstar, and two by Virgin Australia which, combined, assisted more than 2000 people.
The return to the skies followed days of flight cancellations as a result of ash clouds from the erupting Mount Raung, 130km west of Denpasar.