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Volcanic ash halts Bali-Australia flights

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Jeraya, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on June 29. The volcano has spewed hot lava almost daily since its alert status was raised early this month to the highest level. Thousands of villagers whose homes are in the danger zone were evacuated since then to safer areas. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Jeraya, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on June 29. The volcano has spewed hot lava almost daily since its alert status was raised early this month to the highest level. Thousands of villagers whose homes are in the danger zone were evacuated since then to safer areas. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Melbourne [AAP]

Passengers travelling between Australia and Bali will have to wait and see if their flights take off as a volcanic dust cloud invades the Indonesian island’s air space.

Flights to and from the holiday island have been disrupted since Friday, as ash from the Mount Raung volcano has drifted intermittently towards Denpasar airport.

Jetstar cancelled flights to and from Bali on Wednesday night, with the volcanic dust cloud within 40 kilometres of Denpasar airport, and delayed some flights pending an assessment of the situation due about 9.30am.

Virgin Australia delayed four flights on Wednesday night by 12 hours and will decide on Thursday services in the morning.

Passengers are urged to check with the airlines on Thursday.


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