Flights in and out of Bali cancelled

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They have warned that the situation remains unpredictable and flights may be cancelled at very short notice if conditions deteriorate.

Just after a few hours, the Mount Agung volcano gushed a 2500 metre column of ash and smoke, the Indonesian tourist island of Bali closed its global airport.

Two Air New Zealand flights have been cancelled after renewed activity on Bali's Mount Agung volcano.

AIRLINES have put on extra flights to clear the backlog of passengers stranded after the small eruption of Bali's Mount Agung closed Denpasar Airport.

It's happening again! All flights to and from Bali, the famous Indonesian resort island will be cancelled after the Mount Agung volcano became active again.

Earlier, authorities were forced to cancel 115 global flights and 203 domestic ones, affecting almost 27,000 travelers.

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The volcano's eruption threat reared its head again in November, sparking travel chaos and pounding Bali's lucrative tourism industry and its wider economy. Although an exclusion zone around the carter has been marked at 4 km, planes need to avoid flying through volcanic ash as it might cause damage to aircraft engines, cooling systems, clog fuel and hamper visibility.

Australia's national airline Qantas said it was monitoring advice from the regional Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Darwin, Australia, and its own pilots and meteorologists would decide when flights can resume.

It added that winds could carry the ash southwest toward Bali's worldwide airport and Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island.

Two other nearby airports in East Java will remain closed until 5pm (1900 AEST) local time.

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

Activity at the volcano was high last year and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, but it had been quieter this year. Authorities lowered its alert status from the highest level in February.

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