In­done­sia or­ders another Bali air­port clo­sure due to vol­cano

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

In­done­sian author­i­ties or­dered a fresh shut­down of the air­port on the re­sort is­land of Bali Thurs­day, spark­ing flight can­cel­la­tions and travel mis­ery for tourists dur­ing peak hol­i­day sea­son.

Trans­port Min­istry spokesman J.A. Barata said Ngu­rah Rai air­port would be closed for sev­eral hours from mid­day (0400 GMT) due to ash drift­ing from Mount Raung, on In­done­sia’s main Java is­land.

Aus­tralian car­ri­ers Jet­star and Vir­gin Aus­tralia an­nounced they were can­cel­ing flights in and out of Bali Thurs­day, a pop­u­lar hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion that at­tracts mil­lions of tourists from around the world ev­ery year.

The clo­sure was the fourth shut­down of Bali air­port in re­cent weeks due to the vol­cano, which has been spew­ing ash and lava high into the air since late June.

The dis­rup­tion has come dur­ing peak hol­i­day sea­son, leav­ing thou­sands of tourists stranded.

The most se­ri­ous pe­riod was be­tween July 9 and 12, when two clo­sures forced al­most 900 flights to be can­celed or de­layed and cre­ated a back­log that took days to clear.

In­done­sian gov­ern­ment vol­ca­nol­o­gist Gede Suan­tika told AFP that the vol­cano was Thurs­day shoot­ing out ash clouds that were larger than those it had re­cently been emit­ting.

“The vol­cano nor­mally shoots out ash 700 to 800 me­ters but it’s around 1,000 me­ters to­day,” he said.

Air traf­fic is regularly dis­rupted by vol­canic erup­tions in In­done­sia, which sits on a belt of seis­mic ac­tiv­ity run­ning around the basin of the Pa­cific Ocean and is home to the high­est num­ber of ac­tive vol­ca­noes in the world, around 130.

AP

A pas­sen­ger sit­ting on her lug­gage waits for the re­sump­tion of her flight can­celed by vol­canic erup­tions at Ngu­rah Rai In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Bali, In­done­sia, Thurs­day, Aug. 6.

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