Bali airport remains closed

DENPARSAR, 28 November 2017: Bali’s international airport has extended its closure for another 24 hours, until at least 0700 local time on Wednesday. The airport authorities will update  the status daily.

The airport suspended all flights to and from the island early Monday morning, stranding thousands of passengers and forcing airlines across the region to cancel flights to Bali.

Governments are advising citizens to defer travel to the island.

Malaysia’s foreign ministry said all but non-urgent travel should be delayed, while Australia has said people should be aware that ash clouds could also close other airports in Indonesia depending on weather conditions.

Lombok closed its airport Sunday as the ash cloud was swept by prevailing winds towards the island.

The Japanese travel giant JTB Corp confirmed all tours set to depart over the next few days have now been cancelled.

In most cases travellers booked with tour operators are changing their destinations. Phuket a popular island destination in southern Thailand and Langkawi in Malaysia will gain bookings particularly from Singaporeans.

Travellers who could not board flights to Bali, yesterday,  at airports around Asia were given the option of refunds, or a switch to alternative resort destinations.

Some travel insurers reported on websites that their customers would only be covered if they had bought policies before the volcano alert was first issued last September.

Travellers booking in October through last week’s eruptions are not covered.

In an announcement on Monday, Indonesia’s hotel and restaurant association said its member hotels would offer stranded  guests  one night’s free stay (Monday, 27 November).

However, as the airport closure continues for another day until Wednesday, hotels are expected to offer a second day free for guests who cannot board flights home.

Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport, is located in southern Bali, 13 km south of Denpasar, 75 km from Mount Agung. It is Indonesia’s third-busiest international airport.