Ash spewing from an Indonesian volcano has brought chaos for travellers on the popular resort island of Bali and beyond, prompting the closure of four airports in the region.No flights were going in or out of Bali’s Denpasar airport on Friday as nearby Mount Raung, at the eastern end of the island of Java, continued to belch ash and gas into the atmosphere, officials said.
The other affected airports in the area are Lombok, Banyuwangi and Jember, according to a post on Twitter by Garuda Indonesia, the county’s national airline. The closures will last until at least 10 p.m. Friday local time (11 a.m. ET), it said. The volcanic activity has left some tourists stuck on Bali and others unable to get there to start their vacations.
More broadly, it’s disrupting air traffic at a peak time for travelers in Indonesia as many people make journeys ahead of the religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr in the mainly Muslim nation. The canceled flights left many passengers stuck in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. Another group of stranded travellers in Jakarta said they were going to attempt to make their way to Bali over land and sea.The airport closures in Indonesia brought memories of the massive disruption to air travel caused by an Icelandic volcano in 2010. The eruption forced the cancellation and diversion of thousands of flights per day at the height of the crisis, affecting millions of passengers.