Improved flying conditions have allowed the first flights from Australia to Bali to take off in more than five days, starting with Jetstar’s JQ47 departing Brisbane early Monday morning.
Both Jetstar and Virgin Australia have suspended service to Bali in recent days due to the ash cloud from the Mount Raung volcano eruptions making conditions unsafe for flying. However, improved weather conditions have allowed flights to again operate.
Jetstar was first out of the blocks with Boeing 787-8 VH-VKA operating as JQ47 taking off from Brisbane at 0904 local time, according to the airline’s website, with a scheduled 1330 arrival in Bali.
The Qantas-owned low-cost carrier planned to operate six flights to Bali on Monday, with five return services from the Indonesian city to Australia also scheduled.
“We’re pleased to advise that as a result of improving flying conditions near Denpasar Airport, we are currently planning to recommence daylight operations to and from Bali from 0800 AEST Monday 10 August,” Jetstar said in a statement on Sunday night.
Meanwhile, Virgin Australia cancelled eight flights to and from Bali that were due to operate on Monday.
However, the airline said two flights, one afternoon departure from Adelaide and one overnight service from Bali to Melbourne would be able to fly, adding that there would be extra services scheduled for Tuesday to help clear the backlog of passengers.
“On advice from our team of meteorologists, Virgin Australia is pleased to confirm conditions in the vicinity of Denpasar Airport are now favourable and it is safe to resume flights,” Virgin said on Monday.
“As a result of this advice, Virgin Australia will operate all day and night time flights between Australia and Denpasar tomorrow, Tuesday 11 August 2015.”
List of Jetstar flights operating on Monday, August 10
JQ47 – Brisbane-Bali. Dep 09:00 / Arr 13:15
JQ106 – Perth-Bali. Dep 13:35 / Arr 17:15
JQ110 – Perth-Bali. Dep 07:25 / Arr 11:05
JQ116 – Perth-Bali. Dep 19:00 / Arr 22:40
JQ1035 – Melbourne-Bali. Dep 11:30 / Arr 12:15
JQ1035 – Melbourne-Bali. Dep 11:30 / Arr 12:15 (Retimed JQ35 flight)
JQ7127 – Adelaide-Denpasar. Dep 07:30 / Arr 11:10 (Retimed JQ127 flight)
JQ109 – Bali-Perth. Dep 11:45 / Arr 15:20
JQ44 – Bali-Melbourne. Dep 14:30 / Arr 21:55
JQ82 – Bali-Darwin. Dep 18:30 / Arr 22:45
JQ1036 – Bali-Melbourne. Dep 16:50 / Arr 00:20 (Retimed JQ36 flight)
JQ7128 – Bali-Adelaide. Dep 12:10 / Arr 18:30 (Retimed JQ128 flight)
List of Jetstar flights cancelled on Monday, August 10
JQ83 – Darwin-Bali
JQ117 – Singapore-Bali
JQ91 – Bali-Cairns
JQ107 – Bali-Perth
JQ117 – Bali-Perth
Virgin Australia operating flights Monday 10 August 2015:
VA 39 ADL DPS – 1610L
VA 54 DPS MEL – 2210L
List of Virgin Australia flights cancelled on Monday, August 10
VA 49 MEL DPS – 0905L
VA 41 BNE DPS – 1005L
VA 65 SYD DPS – 1115L
VA 57 PER DPS – 1240L
VA 34 DPS ADL – 1440L
VA 60 DPS PER – 1555L
VA 46 DPS BNE – 2110L
VA 70 DPS SYD – 2210L
List of Virgin Australia operating flights Tuesday 11 August 2015:
VA49 MEL-DPS – 0905L
VA41 BNE-DPS – 1005L
VA9545 PER-DPS – 1100L (additional)
VA65 SYD-DPS – 1115L
VA57 PER-DPS – 1205L
VA9546 DPS-PER – 1540L (additional)
VA59 PER-DPS – 1635L
VA60 DPS-PER – 1440L
VA9543 BNE-DPS – 1600L (additional)
VA52 DPS-MEL – 1630L
VA9541 MEL-DPS – 1730L (additional)
VA60 DPS-PER – 1845L
VA46 DPS-BNE – 2110L
VA9544 DPS-BNE – 2200L (additional)
VA70 DPS-SYD – 2210L
VA9542 DPS-ADL – 2355L (additional)
(Source: Jetstar and Virgin)