Volcano Eruption May Cause Closure of Airport in Bali and Disruption of Flights

Mount Agung is located on the island of Bali in Indonesia within 50 kilometers of Ngurah Rai Airport near Denpasar; and its possible imminent eruption has resulted in the creation of a exclusion zone approximately 12 kilometers wide and caused as many as 50,000 people — residents and tourists — to evacuate.

Volcano Eruption May Cause Closure of Airport in Bali and Disruption of Flights

“Around 1000 tremors a day are being recorded at Mount Agung”, according to this article written by Lauren McMah of news.com.au. “It last erupted in 1963, killing about 1100 people and causing a massive ash cloud that’s likely to be the biggest threat to holiday-makers if it erupts again.”

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

Flights to Denpasar have not been affected as of yet and the airport is still in operation at this time; but airlines — such as Jetstar via this travel alert — have been closely monitoring the developing situation.

“Virgin Australia is closely monitoring activity at Mt Agung in Bali. The Agung Volcano Observatory has recently updated its aviation colour code from yellow to orange, indicating an increased likelihood of eruption”, according to this travel alert issued by the airline. “At present, there is no visible ash cloud and therefore flights are planned to operate as scheduled. However there may be some delays due to the fact that some of our Bali bound flights will be making fuel stops in Darwin as a precautionary measure. This ensures that if an eruption occurs while the aircraft is en route, we will be able to get guests back to their originating port safely and quickly.”


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 possible effects caused by an eruption from Mount Agung.

Although there is still uncertainty at this time as to when — or if — the volcano will actually erupt, 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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11 thoughts on “Volcano Eruption May Cause Closure of Airport in Bali and Disruption of Flights”

  1. Christian says:

    Air France flight crews take heed.

  2. James says:

    Hmmm….. you might want to view news from indonesian sites rather than australian. They are used to dealing with volcanoes compared with aussies which only have flatland and desert. Do take caution but yours seem to be exagerrating it. Worries not, most pilots in SE are used to deal with volcanoes.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      This official statement was released from the government of Indonesia after I posted the article:


      I do not believe that I mentioned this to you before, James; but I enjoy reading your comments — regardless of whether or not they are critical of what I write — and I appreciate them.

      Please keep posting them — and thank you.

  3. James says:

    Lol. Thanks.
    From my experience in SE, the pilot even gave announcement when we’re flying next to erupting volcano. Not near off course, but its clearly visible from aisle seat. I forgot the exact year and place, somewhere above Sumatra Island if my memory serves me right.

  4. Michael Clark says:

    This article is absolute bullsh!t …. Mt Agung is 75.2 km from the airport.
    Get your facts right before writing these articles to “scare” people.
    Absolute rubbish

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