School holidays ruined for Bali sun seekers as flights cancelled

It was shooting a column of ash more than 2,500 metres (8,200 feet) into the sky on Friday and officials said operations at Indonesia's second-busiest airport would be reviewed every few hours.

Bali's main worldwide gateway will be closed until at least Friday evening, according to officials, who added that two other domestic airports were also shut.

Its public relations department said 26 global inbound and outbound flights had been cancelled, affecting almost 5,000 travellers.

Talking more about the Volcano eruption, the regional volcanic ash advisory centre in Australia's Darwin said that in the coming days winds could carry the ash southwest toward Java which is popularly known for Indonesia's most densely island. Volcanic ash is a potentially deadly threat to aircraft that can cause engines to "flame out".

Mount Agung, in northeastern Bali, has erupted with various intensities since late a year ago and in December the airport was also closed for a period and thousands were evacuated closer to the volcano. However, the alert level for the volcano has not been raised and authorities are still monitoring Mount Agung, which is located in northeastern Bali.

Local government seismologists monitor more than 120 active volcanoes.

No other airlines have cancelled flights yet.

Ash is unsafe for planes as it makes runways slippery and can be sucked into their engines.

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Mount Agung is spewing ash 2000 metres into the air.

The volcano is about 75km from Bali's tourist hub in Kuta.

Air New Zealand said flight NZ245 from Auckland to Denpasar and the return flight NZ246 from Denpasar to Auckland have been cancelled today.

An earlier flight on AirAsia was called off before the airport was shuttered early Friday morning.

"Well it's Bali, these things happen and we are fine with it".

A danger zone has been set in a 4km area surrounding the volcano's crater and some 300 local residents from around the mountain were evacuated voluntarily.

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

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