Airport at popular Indonesian island has closed three times in two weeks, at peak travel season, because of ash danger to plane engines.
Bali’s international airport reopened after the third closure in two weeks caused flight cancellations and disrupted the plans of holidaymakers.
The airport began operating again Wednesday as the wind direction shifted to the west, carrying volcanic ash from Mount Raung away from Bali, Transport Ministry spokesman Julius Barata said by phone.
Garuda Indonesia reinstated 14 flights that were previously canceled while Lion Group, which operates Lion Air and Wings Air, resumed operations in and out of the island, they said in separate statements. However, Virgin Australia had already canceled all Wednesday flights to and from Bali’s capital of Denpasar earlier.
The closure of the island’s Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport, came amid the peak holiday season for Bali and followed a six-day public holiday to celebrate Eid, when more than 200 million of Indonesia’s Muslims travel home to be with their extended families.
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Thousands of tourists were stranded earlier this month as the volcanic eruption in eastern Java forced authorities to shut Bali’s airport for three days through July 11. The airport was closed again for the early part of July 12.
The Indonesian archipelago is lined with volcanoes, and eruptions have often disrupted flights. A prolonged closure could pose a significant threat to Bali’s economy, given that the island’s beaches, surfing, culture and nightlife make it among Asia’s most popular travel destinations.