World More Bali flights canceled on forecast of volcanic ash

13:05  02 december  2017
13:05  02 december  2017 Source:   Reuters

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DENPASAR, Indonesia: Airlines canceled more flights departing the Indonesian holiday island of Bali on Saturday, citing forecasts of deteriorating flying conditions due to a risk of volcanic ash from the erupting Mount Agung volcano .

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Airlines canceled more flights departing the Indonesian holiday island of Bali on Saturday, citing forecasts of deteriorating flying conditions due to a risk of volcanic ash from the erupting Mount Agung volcano .

a man on a horse: Mount Agung volcano, the peak covered in clouds, is seen the background as a farmer ploughs his field near Kubu, Karangasem Regency, Bali © REUTERS/Darren Whiteside Mount Agung volcano, the peak covered in clouds, is seen the background as a farmer ploughs his field near Kubu, Karangasem Regency, Bali

Airlines canceled more flights departing the Indonesian holiday island of Bali on Saturday, citing forecasts of deteriorating flying conditions due to a risk of volcanic ash from the erupting Mount Agung volcano.

A Bali airport spokesman said the airport was still operating normally, but airlines such as Jetstar and Virgin Australia had opted to cancel some flights

"Bali flying conditions expected to be clear throughout the day, but forecast for tonight has deteriorated so several flights have been canceled," Australian budget airline Jetstar said on its Twitter account.

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MORE than 2000 Australian passengers are stranded in Bali or waiting to board flights to the Jetstar have cancelled another four flights to and from Bali on Saturday ahead of further and sophisticated forecasting models to monitor the current location and forecast movement of volcanic ash .

DENPASAR: Airlines cancelled more flights departing the Indonesian holiday island of Bali today, citing forecasts of deteriorating flying conditions due to a risk of volcanic ash from the erupting Mount Agung volcano .

The erupting volcano had closed the airport for much of this week, stranding thousands of visitors from Australia, China and other countries, before the winds changed and flights resumed

Twenty flights were canceled on Friday evening due to concerns over ash. Some airlines including Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd have said they would only operate out of Bali during the day, as the ash could impair visibility at night and wind conditions in the area were unpredictable.

Airlines avoid flying through volcanic ash as it can damage aircraft engines, clogging fuel and cooling systems, hampering pilot visibility and even causing engine failure.

There are also concerns over changing weather conditions with a tropical cyclone south of Java island impacting weather and wind in the area, including for Bali, the Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics agency said

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  Indonesia raises Bali volcano alert to highest level, airport shut, thousands of tourists stranded <p>Indonesia raised its warning for Bali's Mount Agung volcano to the top level four alert on Monday, closed the holiday island's airport and told residents near the summit to immediately evacuate, warning of the "imminent" risk of a larger eruption.</p>Bali's airport was closed for 24 hours, disrupting 445 flights and some 59,000 passengers, due to the eruption warning and the presence of volcanic ash from Agung.

— Reuters picDENPASAR, Dec 2 — Airlines cancelled more flights departing the Indonesian holiday island of Bali today, citing forecasts of deteriorating flying conditions due to a risk of volcanic ash from the erupting Mount Agung volcano .

Airlines cancelled more flights departing the Indonesian holiday island of Bali on Saturday, citing forecasts of deteriorating flying conditions due to a risk of volcanic ash from the erupting Mount Agung volcano .

With some airlines continuing to fly normally on Saturday, there was frustration among passengers.

Australian couple Justine and Greg Hill were on holiday with their two teenage children and had been due to fly out today but their flight later this evening was canceled.

“It's more an inconvenience than anything. Don't understand why if other airlines are flying, some others aren't. Obviously there must be safety protocols but there's no detailed explanation," said Greg Hill, 46, who was waiting at the airport.

a close up of a tower: A Balinese man stands at the gate of Lempuyang temple looking towards Mount Agung volcano, in Karangasem Regency, Bali © REUTERS/Darren Whiteside A Balinese man stands at the gate of Lempuyang temple looking towards Mount Agung volcano, in Karangasem Regency, Bali

Several foreign consulates have set up booths in the international departures area to assist stranded passengers.

Subrata Sarkar, India's vice consul in Bali, told Reuters at the airport's international departure area that they had helped around 500 passengers so far this week.

"We have advised citizens the volcano may erupt. We never say 'please don’t come'. But we have issued travel advisories. If it’s urgent business, then ok, but if it’s only tourism, then plans should be reconsidered,” said Sarkar.

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(Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Michael Perry)

Bali volcano emits wispy plume of steam, flights resume .
Gushing ash from Bali's Mount Agung volcano has dissipated into a wispy plume of steam, and Australian airlines that canceled some flights to the Indonesian resort island on the weekend have returned to near-normal schedules. Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said Monday the volcano remains at its highest alert level but most of Bali is safe for tourists.The exclusion zone around the volcano still extends 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the crater in some directions. More than 55,000 people are living in shelters.

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