Bali flights cancelled as volcano erupts

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The airport's online flight schedule showed Singapore Airlines and KLM flights scheduled to arrive Friday evening.

The worldwide airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali reopened on Friday afternoon after a almost 12-hour closure due to a volcanic ash threat that disrupted travel plans for thousands.

The Indonesian volcanic agency, VONA, still has Mount Agung on orange color code - one below the top red level - meaning the volcano is exhibiting heightened unrest with an increased likelihood of eruption or an eruption is underway with no or minor ash emission.

This is not the first time that the airport has been closed due to Mount Agung and this time, 48 flights had been cancelled, affecting 8,334 passengers, including 38 global flights and 10 domestic flights.

More than 20 flights across Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin and Air Asia were disrupted between Thursday night and Friday morning due to the ash cloud moving toward Denpasar Airport. "Please do not manually re-book your flights", says Jetstar.

Two small airports, at Banyuwangi and Jember in eastern Java, also closed because of the ash threat.

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An official statement said: "The "danger zone" is a small area of radius of approximately 4 kilometers from Mount Agung's crater".

Bali's main global gateway will be closed until at least Friday evening, according to officials who spoke to AFP news agency.

"At Flight Centre we are closely monitoring the situation and working with our customers due to travel to the region to provide support and advice, said Sue Matson, Flight Centre's general manager, retail".

Its last major eruption in 1963 killed around 1,600 people.

Authorities raised the warning alert to the highest level on November 22 and ordered the evacuation of people living nearby after two days of eruptions. Government seismologists monitor more than 120 active volcanoes.

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