29 Jun '18, 6am

Thousands of tourists stranded as Bali volcano eruption closes airport

DENPASAR: Bali opened its international airport on Friday (Jun 29) after a volcanic eruption temporarily grounded flights, stranding thousands of tourists on the Indonesian holiday island. Ngurah Rai airport began operating around 2.30pm local time, about 12 hours after it closed in response to Mount Agung belching smoke and ash thousands of metres into the sky. Advertisement Ash is dangerous for planes because it makes runways slippery and can be sucked into their engines. A change in wind direction pushed the ash away from Bali's international gateway, allowing flights to resume, an airport official said. "The airport will operate for 24 hours straight to get flights back on schedule," he added. Advertisement Advertisement The early morning closure sparked the cancellation of more than 300 flights to and from Bali with nearly 27,000 passengers affected, according to the ...

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