Mount Rinjani Eruption Disrupts Bali Flights

A number of domestic and international flights to and from Bali were canceled on Monday following the eruption of Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.

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A picture from 2015 shows Mount Rinjani spewing volcanic ash. Photo: EPA

Three domestic flights from Bali to Lombok have been canceled, as the eruption forced the closure of Lombok International Airport on Monday afternoon, spokesman of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Awaluddin, told The Jakarta Post.

Meanwhile, five flights from Australia to Bali were canceled, three of which were Tiger Air and two Virgin Airlines flights.

From Ngurah Rai, two flights to Australia have also been canceled. The flights included one Tiger Air flight to Perth and one Virgin Airline flight to Brisbane, leaving at least 335 passenger stranded in Bali.

“The cancellations were decided for safety reasons,” Awaluddin said.

This is not the first time that an ash cloud from the active volcano has affected air travel. In November 2015, hundreds of flights were grounded after Ngurah Rai airport was closed for two days due to its eruption.

Source: thejakartapost.com / Ni Komang Erviani

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