By: Kyle James | 06-29-2018 | News
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Bali - 75,000 Tourists Stranded As Volcano Erupts, Airport Closed, Flights Cancelled (Video)

The main airport in Denpasar, Bali has been closed after the nearby volcano Mount Agung erupted sending volcanic ashes into the sky. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the airport was closed Friday which disrupted 450 flights and left 75,000 people stranded. The regional volcanic ash advisory center in Darwin, Australia, warned of high winds that could carry the ash southwest to Indonesia's most densely populated island, Java.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Mount Agung has awoken! <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; RoxanneTaylor (@Roxanne_Taylor) <a href="">June 28, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Volcanic ash is exceptionally dangerous for aircraft and can cause engines to "flame out." The volcanic eruption also forced the Ngurah Rai International Airport to close. Australians are being cautioned to check their airlines' website for closures and delayed flights before travel. The Indonesian Government closed Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport until 7 p.m. (10 p.m. AEST) Friday night. The Bali Government Tourism Office said the decision to close the airport was made after careful consideration by experts from national aviation authorities, the Center for Geological Disaster Mitigation and the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center.

A statement from Bali's Tourism Office said, "While the sun is shining and there is little sign of volcanic ash in the southern regions of Bali, evidence of volcanic ash at higher altitudes on aviation approach and departure paths has prompted the decision to close the airport."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport is closed due to the volcanic ashes of Mount Agung. Please stay updated for every information from our official account. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; I Gusti Ngurah Rai (@baliairports) <a href="">June 28, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Flights from both Australia and Bali have been canceled and turned back after the eruption of Mount Agung. Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin and AirAsia flights all experienced disruption between Thursday and Friday prompting AirAsia to issue a statement saying most of its flights through Denpasar, Bali have been canceled. "AirAsia will notify guests of their flight status via email and SMS. AirAsia strongly encourages all guests to update their contact details at to ensure that they are notified of any updates to their flights," the AirAsia statement said.

Jetstar also issued a statement regarding the disruption caused by Mount Agung saying, "As a result, we have canceled several flights this morning to and from Bali – see a list of canceled flights and travel options below. We have contacted customers on affected flights directly via SMS and email."

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