DENPASAR, Indonesia – The Ngurah Rai International airport on the island of Bali was closed early Friday, after the Agung volcano erupted, emitting an ash cloud around 2,000 meters high.
Dozens of domestic and international flights in and out of the airport were cancelled or delayed and passengers stranded at the airport.
“Ngurah Rai International Airport is closed due to the volcanic ashes of Mount Agung,” the airport announced on its Twitter account, adding that the closure is in effect Friday from 3:00 am to 7:00 pm local time.
On its website, Australian airline Jetstar announced “Flying conditions around Bali continue to be affected by the ash cloud from the Mount Agung volcano, and Denpasar Airport is currently closed. As a result, we have cancelled several flights this morning to and from Bali.”
The latest eruptions started on Thursday afternoon and are still ongoing.