Indonesia: Virgin Australia cancels Bali flights

Jakarta – Virgin Australia cancelled all flights to and from Bali on Wednesday after the return of a volcanic ash cloud.

Ten flights to and from the Indonesian resort island were cancelled after the volcanic ash advisory centre said flying conditions near Denpasar airport were no longer safe.

“As a result of this advice, Virgin Australia has cancelled all flights in and out of Denpasar today,” the airline said.

The airline said it would provide an update at 6pm AEST about Thursday’s services.

“We continue to monitor the situation closely. The safety of our guests and crew is our highest priority and we will keep customers updated as new information becomes available,” it said.

Earlier this month ash clouds emitted by Mount Raung forced the closure of Denpasar airport. Virgin and Jetstar flights were severely disrupted, leaving thousands of Australians stranded in Bali.

Both airlines had to put on countless extra services in the days after flying conditions cleared to get Australians home.

A Jetstar spokesman said the airline was assessing the situation, and would provide a statement about its plans later on Wednesday. Source: AAP