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Volcanic ash threatens flights to Bali

AAP logoAAP 1/08/2016

Bali-bound travellers are being warned that volcanic activity has disrupted flights.

Virgin Australia flights to Denpasar from Brisbane and Sydney were cancelled on Monday, along with Tigerair flights from Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, over concerns about a volcanic ash cloud from Mt Rinjani.

Tigerair also cancelled flights out of Denpasar to Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.

"The latest advice from our team of meteorologists and the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre is that conditions are not suitable for operations into and out of Denpasar Airport today (Monday 1 August) due to volcanic activity from Mt Rinjani," a statement on Tigerair's website said.

"Tigerair Australia sincerely apologises to affected passengers for the inconvenience however weather conditions are outside the airline's control and safety always comes before schedule."

A Jetstar spokesman said the airline's flights to Bali had been unaffected so far, including a service from Perth that landed safely on Monday evening.

Travellers due to fly to the island on Tuesday are being advised to check in at the airport as normal unless they receive notification their flight is affected.

In 2015 ash clouds from Mt Rinjani and Mt Raung disrupted flights to Bali several times during the year.

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