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Jetstar resumes Bali flights

written by australianaviation.com.au | July 13, 2015
An aerial image of Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali taken in 2008 (Craig/Wikimedia Commons)
An aerial image of Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali taken in 2008 (Craig/Wikimedia Commons)

Jetstar has scheduled a number of flights to and from Bali for Monday after deciding it was safe to operate flights into and out of the airport.

Flights into and out of Bali have been severely disrupted in the past week as the ash cloud from the Mount Raung volcano forced airlines to cancel flights for safety reasons.

Jetstar said on Monday afternoon it would operate seven flights during daylight hours, having determined it was safe to do so based on the latest information from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC).

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However, the airline cautioned the movement of the ash cloud was highly unpredictable.

“We’ll continue to closely monitor the situation with the VAAC, and further cancellations may occur if conditions prevent safe operations,” Jetstar said in a statement on its website.

“We’ve prioritised access to seats on today’s additional service for customers who needed to get home urgently due to medical, hardship and other extenuating circumstances.”

Local carriers Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia Air Asia X and Indonesia Air Asia were currently also flying into and out of Bali.

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However, Virgin Australia said in a statement on its website all of its flights to or from Bali scheduled for Monday were cancelled.

“The latest advice from our team of meteorologists and the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre is that conditions are not suitable for operations into and out of Denpasar Airport today,” Virgin said in its 0900 Sydney time update.

“We have been advised that Mt Raung continues to erupt and winds continue to blow in an unfavourable direction, and are forecast to continue to do so for the rest of the day.”

“Therefore Virgin Australia has cancelled all flights into and out of Denpasar today, Monday 13 July.

“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.”

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