Mt Raung eruption disrupts Bali flights

Dozens of domestic and international flights from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, have been suspended because of the eruption of Mount Raung in East Java.

Co-general manager of PT Angkasa Pura I at the airport I Gusti Ngurah Ardika said in Kuta on Friday that the airport was closed for all flights on Thursday and this was extended until 9:30 a.m. on Friday

"We are still compiling the number of flights that cannot operate this Friday because of the mountain's eruption. We predict dozens of flights will be cancelled or rescheduled," he said as quoted by Antara news agency.

He said that 28 domestic and international flights were cancelled on Thursday and 15 domestic and international flights were suspended or rescheduled.

He said ash from the mountain's eruption had reached the airport runway.

He added that his team would coordinate with all airlines serving Bali to handle the thousands of passengers that could not fly as a result of the airport's closure.