Close watch still on Mount Agung
DENPASAR, Indonesia: The airport on Indonesia’s holiday island of Bali reopened on Friday after ash from a volcano forced a brief closure and the cancellation of more than 300 flights.
Mount Agung in north-eastern Bali has been rumbling to life intermittently since late last year and it began belching smoke and ash again on Thursday.
It was shooting a column of ash more than 2 500m into the sky yesterday and officials said operations at Indonesia’s second-busiest airport would be reviewed every few hours.
Earlier, authorities were forced to cancel 115 international flights and 203 domestic ones, affecting nearly 27 000 travellers.
“We’re monitoring the eruption,” said Israwadi, a spokesperson for airport operators. “The airport could be closed again if the eruption affects flight safety.” – Reuters