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Flying conditions improve to allow Virgin, Jetstar flights from Bali

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 12, 2015

An aerial image of Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali taken in 2008 (Craig/Wikimedia Commons)

Better flying conditions in the vicinity of Bali Airport has allowed Virgin Australia and Jetstar to operate some daylight flights from Indonesia back to Australia.

Jetstar has scheduled 11 recovery flights on Thursday, which will operate in daylight hours, while Virgin has planned three flights from Bali to Australia.

“Flying conditions are forecast to remain favourable, with the latest satellite imagery from around Bali indicating we’ll be able to fly daytime services today (Thursday),” Jetstar said in a statement.

“We are contacting customers booked on these services directly and all flights are now fully booked.

“We know this has been a frustrating time for everyone and we hope get all of our customers home as soon as possible.”

The two carriers have hundreds, if not thousands of passengers stranded in Bali after the ash cloud from the Mount Rinjani volcano over the past week has resulted in scores of cancelled flights.


Virgin said night flights from Bali to Australia were under review, while Thursday morning’s flights from Australia to Bali have been cancelled.

Instead, Virgin is ferrying aircraft to Bali to pick up stranded passengers.

“We would like to thank all of our guests for their patience and assure you that we continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure you reach your destination as soon as possible,” Virgin said in a statement.


“The safety of our guests and crew is our highest priority and we will keep you updated as new information becomes available.”

Comments (3)

  • Jenny Fithall


    From the updates on travel alerts, I can see that Jetstar have 11 recovery flights and Virgin have 3. I assume that Jetstar have more passengers and seem to be putting in more of an effort to get their passengers home. Good on you Jetstar. Unfortunately I am stuck with Virgin.

  • Ben


    Jenny it is a case of logistics. Whether the carrier had the available aircraft and crews.

    I’m not sure where this article got its facts. Jetstar has not put on 11 additional recovery flights. The number includes those that are scheduled. Where are Virgin has 8 per its website ex DPS.

    My sister got an additional Virgin service that departs this afternoon and I have been told there are still seats available Jenny?

  • neil sanford


    Not that happy today drove for 3 hrs to get to gero air port then told my flight was canciled to bali i checked b4 i left to and now no idea what is going on with my holiday

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