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Flights diverted from Bali as volcano erupts


Published on Jan 28, 2011

Several flights to and from Bali were cancelled or diverted yesterday as volcanic ash from the erupting East Java volcano, Mount Bromo, spread to the Indonesian resort island. It was reported that Australia’s Jetstar and Virgin Blue both diverted their services to Bali on Thursday, while Cathay Pacific’s Bali-bound flight was forced to return to Hong Kong. Singapore Airlines meanwhile, cancelled two of its Bali flights yesterday, while a further two services were delayed.

“We received information… that the ash from Bromo has reached 18,000 feet (5,500 metres) in the southeast direction and has affected some parts of Bali,” Indonesia’s Transport Ministry spokesperson, Bambang Ervan, told AFP. “As a safety precaution, we’ve sent out an advisory to airlines to warn them about the ash situation so air crew can avoid the affected areas,” he added.

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is still operating, and Ervan said that aviation authorities were monitoring the situation. “The airport is still open, some flights are still landing. We’re checking how bad the situation is and how much worse it can get before deciding what the next step will be,” Ervan explained.

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