Volcanic Eruption In Indonesia, Airports Closed


Bali: Indonesian authorities shut five airports on Friday, including on the popular holiday islands of Bali and Lombok, because of a volcanic eruption, a spokesman for the airport operator said.

“I can’t say at this time how many passengers have been affected,” said Farid Indra Nugraha, a spokesman for airport operator Angkasa Pura 1. National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia cancelled all its flights to and from the four airports, it said on its official Twitter account.

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“Bali is our second largest hub and this will also affect our international connecting flights,” said Ikhsan Rosan, a spokesman for the airline. Mount Raung in East Java has been erupting for nearly a week, forcing the cancellation of a number of flights to and from Australia.