Mt Agung erupts again, forcing airport closure and flight cancellations

Impact of Mount Agung's eruption on Bali's tourism segment is being keenly felt

Mount Agung in Bali erupted and emitted smoke up to 23,000m above its peak yesterday, triggering events leading up to a slew of flight cancellations beginning last night.

Volcanic ashes being blown northwest of the mountain has forced the airport authority to issue NOTAM to close Ngurah Rai International Airport as of 03.00 until 19.00 on Jun 29.

Mount Agung erupted again yesterday

Evaluation on the situation is to take place at 12.00 today for further determination.

In a statement from Angkasa Pura I Airport authority, corporate secretary Israwadi appealed to passengers to monitor the situation and contact airlines on their flight status.

Some airlines have cancelled their flights to and from Bali since last night, and more cancellations ensued with the closure of the airport this morning.

Indonesia AirAsia last night announced 27 domestic and international flights were cancelled. These flights were from and to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Perth.

Jetstar also cancelled four flights from Perth and Singapore last night.

The Bali & Beyond Travel Fair is ongoing and ends tonight. Business appears to be as usual on the mart floor.

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