UPDATED @ December 3 2017 8.30am | Thousands of Aussie tourists are still stuck in Bali, as flying conditions continue to deteriorate, forcing the cancellation of several flights.
More than 2000 people are stuck on the holiday island, as the ash cloud from Mount Agung’s volcanic eruption, plays havoc on travel plans.
Nearly 7500 passengers managed to return home between Wednesday and Saturday morning, before Denpasar Airport was again closed.
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EARLIER @ November 30 2017 6.30am | More than 3800 people left stranded in Bali from Mount Agung will finally start making their way back home to Australia today.
Jetstar and Qantas have advised that they are planning to operate scheduled services from Bali, as well as some relief flights to get as many people back to Australia as possible.
It comes after the island’s airport was reopened on Wednesday, with authorities downgrading the aviation warning to “orange”, which is one level below “red” which is the most serious.
Jetstar said in a statement overnight that both them and Qantas have “ten scheduled flights and will put on an additional six relief flights, which will see a total of 3,800 people return home.”
They did however advise that “volcanic activity and ash cloud are unpredictable and flights may be cancelled at short notice.”
The airline said people stranded in Bali will be booked on relief flights in order of who has been disrupted longest.
All flights into Bali have been cancelled.
“Due to the unpredictability of volcanic activity and the potential for further diversions and cancellations, we will not be operating any flights into Bali on Thursday,” Jetstar confirmed.