Air­lift on to bring Bali trav­ellers home

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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