AirAsia yanks Bali, Lombok flights for the day

Balinese Hindus walk after praying as Mount Agung erupts at Besakih Temple in Karangasem, Bali on November 26, 2017. ― Reuters pic


KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 ― All AirAsia flights headed to and leaving from Bali and Lombok in Indonesia today have been cancelled save for two that were rescheduled.

The affected flights are those originating from Darwin and Perth, Australia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia; and Bangkok, Thailand.

AirAsia flights departing from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali and from Lombok International Airport are also affected; some destinations such as Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur have multiple flights disrupted.

“AirAsia is currently in close coordination with the authorities and will continually conduct risk assessments to ensure the safety of our operations,” the airline said in a statement today.

It already cancelled or rescheduled 11 flights yesterday, after Mount Agung erupted briefly for the second time this week.

AirAsia said affected travellers could either opt for a different travel time within 30 days of their original flight at no added cost or to convert their fares into airline credit that is valid for 90 days.

Mount Agung spewed ash and smoke again yesterday, the second time this week, with the Indonesia’s Board of Disaster Management reporting that the plume reached a reported 1.5km above its peak.

The volcanic activity triggered fears of a possible repeat of the 1963 eruption, which remains one of the largest and deadliest in Indonesia’s modern history.


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