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Bali boarding backs up – Flights cancelled due to Volcanic cloud

Bali boarding backs up – Flights cancelled due to Volcanic cloud

The major airport for Bali Denpasar, Ngurah Rai International has been closed due to a Level 4 Alert (the highest) due to the eruption of Mount Agung, and the resulting volcanic ash cloud – reportedly up to 4000 metres in the air.

The airport’s statement reckons 445 flights (196 international & 249 domestic) will be affected. That’s around  59,000 passengers affected.

This means that flights between Australian and Bali have been canceled – that affects Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia – those links will take you to the particular airlines Bali alert.

Virgin Australia has named their canceled flights:

Cancelled flights to Bali –  Monday 27 November 2017
VA33 Sydney – Denpasar
VA43 Brisbane – Denpasar

Cancelled flights from Bali – Monday 27 November 2017
VA36 Denpasar – Sydney
VA46 Denpasar – Brisbane

Where to find out more

Obviously, at this stage, no one is quite sure how long the delays will be, or how long the airport will be closed for. You can monitor the appropriate airlines’ pages below:

Virgin Australia their flight status page – you can plug in the flight number and the date to find out what is happening
Qantas – their flight status page
Jetstar – their flight status page – you will also need city to and from details to search

My Advice


Find a hotel for the night with the possibility of extension. Seems like you might have to wait, and even though you might want to, you can’t control a volcano cloud, so give in to delays and enjoy yourself, but keep in regular contact with your airline. Remember there are 59,000 people in the same predicament. To help you with that, here is a shot of the lotus pool on the top of the Four Seasons Sayan in Ubud.

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