Volcano closes Indonesian airports and flights to Bali

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File photo of a different Indonesian volcano in North Sumatra, spewing ash in June.

A volcanic eruption on Indonesia’s main island of Java has sparked chaos for holidaymakers as international airlines cancel flights to the resort island of Bali.

Mount Raung in East Java province, about 93 miles (150km) from Bali’s international airport, blasted ash and debris 12,460ft (3,800 metres) into the air.

Authorities have closed five Indonesian airports due to the risks posed by volcanic ash.

File photo of a different Indonesian volcano in North Sumatra, spewing ash in June.

Transport Ministry spokesman Julius Adravida Barata said the ministry issued a notice late yesterday for all airlines to avoid routes near the mountain.

The volcano has proven particularly problematic for Australians, who flock to Bali during Australia’s school holiday break.
Dozens of flights between Australia and Bali’s Denpasar airport by carriers Jetstar and Virgin Australia have been cancelled over the past week.

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