Mount Agung: AirAsia flights from Perth to Bali cancelled due to volcano

Mount Agung: AirAsia flights from Perth to Bali cancelled due to volcano

Mount Agung: AirAsia flights from Perth to Bali cancelled due to volcano

The Indonesian tourist island of Bali closed its worldwide airport on Friday, stranding thousands of travellers, as the Mount Agung volcano gushed a 2,500-metre column of ash and smoke.

"Based on the meteorology agency prediction, the volcanic ash will reach the airport on Friday morning", airport spokesman Yanus Suprayogi said in a statement, adding that a possible extension of the airport closure after 7pm would be reviewed.

It's far from the first time Agung has interrupted travel plans for WA holiday-makers, with a November eruption past year causing chaos to flight schedules.

The volcano began belching ash and smoke on Thursday and several airlines canceled inbound and outbound flights scheduled for the evening.

Jetstar and Indonesia AirAsia are looking to resume flights tonight as the volcano calms and ash cloud starts to dissipate.

A man checks flight information board at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia Friday, which now closed due to volcanic ash.

This move to shut down the airport is necessary as the authorities do not want any airplane flying through volcanic ash, which could be detrimental.

"Micro tremors are still being detected. indicating that magma is moving towards the surface", Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the disaster mitigation agency said.

Australian visitor Rod Bird came early to the airport only to be told his flight back to Perth had been cancelled for the second time. Mount Agung is about 70km northeast of Bali's tourist hotspot of Kuta. "Please do not manually re-book your flights", says Jetstar.

Eruptions lasted for nearly a year, with the volcano falling silent again until September 2017 when several hundred earthquakes struck locally.

They said some 10 domestic flights were also cancelled, affecting more than 1,700 passengers.

Indonesia is situated on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", a vast zone of geological instability where the collision of tectonic plates causes frequent quakes and major volcanic activity.

The volcano's alert level remains high and tourists have been warned to stay away from the area.

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