Airlines cancel Bali flights to early December

Airlines cancel Bali flights to early December
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Many airlines have decided to cancel their flights to Bali for several days since Monday's temporary closure of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport due to the eruption of Mount Agung on the resort island, reported on Tuesday.

The airport authority closed the airport at 7:15 a.m. on Monday for 24 hours and then extended the airport closure for another 24 hours at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

"It was decided to keep the airport closed until 7 a.m. [Wednesday], as the airport's airspace is still covered by volcanic ash," communications and legal division head Arie Ahsanurrohim at state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I) said on Tuesday.

On Monday, Singapore Airlines cancelled Bali-bound flights SQ938, SQ939, SQ942, SQ943, SQ946, SQ947, SQ948, SQ949, MI176 and MI175.

The airline announced that passengers who had bought tickets before Monday for its Bali flights flying between Nov. 27 to Dec. 4 could reschedule their flights or get a refund.

Malaysia Airlines has cancelled all its Bali flights since Monday, saying that it would recommence flights on the Bali route when it was possible.

Thai Airways has cancelled all Bali flights from Monday to Saturday. The airline is allowing ticket holders of flights from Nov. 26 to Dec. 10 to reschedule their flights.

Meanwhile, AirAsia cancelled all its Bali flights from Nov. 25, with current ticket holders permitted to reschedule their flights within 30 days at no additional cost.

Other airlines that have cancelled their Bali flights include EVA Air, Cathay Pacific, Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia.

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