Travel chaos: Bali volcano eruption sparks flight cancellations, delays

UPDATE @ 9.50am: Jetstar and Virgin Australia have confirmed all flights to and from Bali have been cancelled today due to the ash cloud from the erupting Mount Agung volcano.

A statement posted on the Jetstar Australia website says “Flying conditions in Bali have worsened.”

“As a result, all our flights in and out of Bali for Monday, 27 November have been cancelled.”


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Denpasar Airport has been completely closed due to the ash cloud, with Virgin Australia also releasing a statement to their passengers.

“Due to the significant volcanic ash and current weather conditions, Denpasar Airport is now closed and we have cancelled today’s flights to and from Bali,” the airline said.

Jetstar said that “while these disruptions are frustrating, we will always put safety before schedule.”

The island’s Mount Agung volcano erupted for the second time in a week on Saturday, sending plumes of thick volcanic ash and steam into the sky.

The volcano’s alert has been upgraded to the highest possible level, with people within 10 kilometres of Mt Agung ordered to evacuate.

EARLIER @ 8.00am: Some flights between Bali and Australia have resumed this morning, after Bali’s Mount Agung volcano eruption sparked flight cancellations and mass delays for travellers over the weekend.

The island’s Mount Agung volcano erupted for the second time in a week on Saturday, sending plumes of thick volcanic ash and steam into the sky.

Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Qantas and Air Asia were forced to cancel their flights after Indonesia issued its highest-level aviation warning.

“Virgin Australia is closely monitoring activity at Mt Agung in Bali,” the Airline said in a statement on Sunday afternoon.

“The Agung Volcano Observatory has recently updated its aviation colour code from orange to red, indicating that further eruption is imminent or underway with significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere likely.

“Due to the significant volcanic ash and current weather conditions, we have made the decision to cancel the rest of today’s flights to and from Bali as a precautionary measure.”

Jetstar said overnight that they plan to operate as normal on Monday, however warned that flights could be cancelled at short notice.

“We are planning to operate our normal schedule to and from Bali on Monday, 27 November,” Jetstar said.

“Our senior pilots will make further assessments in the morning with the latest information and forecasts from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre to ensure it continues to be safe to operate.

“The volcano and movement of ash cloud are highly unpredictable which means we may need to cancel flights at short notice.”