Travel Alert November 2017: Mount Agung Erupts and Disrupts Air Travel

If the island of Bali is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to the effects caused by an eruption from Mount Agung.

Travel Alert November 2017: Mount Agung Erupts and Disrupts Air Travel

The highest aviation warning from the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Centre of Indonesia has been issued for flights in the region by raising the flight alert level from orange to red.

Mount Agung is located on the island of Bali in Indonesia within 75 kilometers of Ngurah Rai Airport near Denpasar; and its eruption has resulted in the disruption of air travel in the region.

Concern was first raised pertaining to the imminent eruption of Mount Agung two months ago, when approximately 1,000 tremors per day were being recorded at Mount Agung. The last time the volcano erupted was in 1963, which resulted in approximately 1,100 fatalities and caused a massive ash cloud.

Ash clouds from volcanoes can clog the engines of airplanes and cause them to malfunction — or stop working altogether.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the island of Bali in Indonesia over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are three airlines which have issued travel alerts or notices as a result of this volcanic eruption:

  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Denpasar Bali for Sunday, November 26, 2017 through Thursday, November 30, 2017; and Thursday, December 7, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Virgin Australia has already canceled six flights to and from Bali for today and continues to monitor the developing situation.
  • Jetstar has issued this notice for Bali that flights will operate as scheduled; but that “Our senior pilots will make further assessments in the morning with the latest information and forecasts from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre to ensure it continues to be safe to operate” and “The volcano and movement of ash cloud are highly unpredictable which means we may need to cancel flights at short notice.”

Summary

I intend to add more airlines to the list of travel alerts as they become available.

Although much of the air traffic in the region is intended to operate as normal, stay informed with the news for the latest information on this developing situation; and check with the airline on which you plan on being a passenger to find out if there are any delays or cancellations which may affect your travel.

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