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Volcanic Ash Prompts Airports Closure In Bali and Across Indonesia

Ash spewing from an Indonesian volcano has brought chaos for travelers on the popular resort island of Bali and beyond, prompting the closure of four airports in the region.

No flights were going in or out of Bali’s Denpasar airport on Friday as nearby Mount Raung, at the eastern end of the island of Java, continued to belch ash and gas into the atmosphere, officials said.

Ash and smoke are emitted from the volcano on Mount Raung near Banyuwangi, east Java. Photo Credit: Antara Foto/Reuters
Ash and smoke are emitted from the volcano on Mount Raung near Banyuwangi, east Java. Photo Credit: Antara Foto/Reuters

The other affected airports in the area are Lombok, Banyuwangi and Jember, according to a post on Twitter by Garuda Indonesia, the county’s national airline. The closures will last until at least 10 p.m. Friday local time (11 a.m. ET), it said.

The volcanic activity has left some tourists stuck on Bali and others unable to get there to start their vacations.

More broadly, it’s disrupting air traffic at a peak time for travelers in Indonesia as many people make journeys ahead of the Eid, or Idul Fitri, holidays in the mainly Muslim nation.

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