Bali airport open but Aussies remain stranded

Bali’s airport has reopened but the majority of Australians will remain grounded on Friday with both Jetstar and Virgin Australia deeming it unsafe to fly.

Both airlines have cancelled all flights in and out of Denpasar Airport due to the volcanic ash cloud.

In a statement on its Facebook page, Jetstar said, “the ash cloud is still too close to for us to fly safely to and from Australia”.


The airline told disappointed customers: “This is partly because we can’t say for sure where the ash cloud will be several hours from now – which is how long it will take any of our aircraft to get to Bali”.

On its Facebook page, Virgin Australia made the same call. “The latest advice from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin as well as our team of meteorologists is that conditions are still unsafe to fly.”

Both carriers were due to update their advice for Saturday flights on Friday morning.