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Bali flights to resume amid delays

AAP logoAAP 27/09/2016

All flights in and out of Bali are set to resume after a volcanic ash cloud left hundreds of passengers stranded during the first week of school holidays.

Virgin, Jetstar and Tigerair flights from Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney were delayed overnight after Mount Rinjani, near Lombok, began shooting ash into the atmosphere.

Jetstar confirmed early on Wednesday morning it would resume flights and add extra services to deal with the backlog.

Tigerair says it will resume flights but expects three delayed services.

Four Virgin Australia flights scheduled for Wednesday will also go ahead, the airline said.

Flights from Australia to Denpasar on Thursday "are expected to operate as normal subject to ongoing favourable conditions," the airline said in a statement.

The Volcanic Ash Centre said conditions weren't suitable for flying out of Denpasar Airport after the volcano erupted on Tuesday.

Frustrated passengers took to social media to attack Jetstar over its communication about flight cancellations.

Two Facebook users reported they were incorrectly told flights would remain grounded on Wednesday after phoning the airline.

"On phone to jetstar now and they are telling me they are NOT flying today! we were meant to be leaving last night and now not rebooked until Saturday night!" Emma Denny posted on Jetstar's Facebook page.

Other travellers took the delays in their stride, praising the airline for prioritising safety and joking about there being worse places to be stuck.

"Lucky we all have travel insurance booked," Zoe Kennedy commented on Facebook.

"My life is important to me. If my flight is cancelled due to a possible accident occurring, I will trust my carrier Jetstar, to make the right call and stay a few more days," Facebook user Marie Peters commented.

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