Over 400 flights cancelled after Bali volcano eruption

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Ash from a volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island of Bali has forced the closure of its global airport and the cancellation of hundreds of flights on Friday, while villagers living beneath rumbling Mount Agung began fleeing their homes.

The Ngurah Rai airport began operating at 2.30 pm local time (12 pm Indian Standard Time), about 12 hours after it was shut.

Denpasar Airport remains open, but all travellers are being advised to check with their airlines about specific flights.

Mount Agung cast a reddish glow as its summit, visible for miles around, as smoke and ash plumes shot more than 6,000feet (2,500metres) into the air.

Four of the airline's Friday flights, including two services delayed from Thursday night, have been cancelled.

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

Mt. Agung, about 70 kilometres northeast of Bali's tourist hotspot of Kuta, last had a major eruption in the year 1963, killing about 1,100 people.

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Tourists on the island were subjected to hours of travel misery as hundreds of flights were grounded and Bali's global airport was temporarily shut.

"The airport could be closed again if the eruption affects flight safety".

According to a report, the Disaster Mitigation Agency stated that the airport closure will begin from June 29, 2018, until the situation gets normal.

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

Citilink said it will continue all efforts to accommodate passengers seeking to continue their journey. Authorities lowered its alert status from the highest level in February.

Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 250 million people, sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

An official statement said: "The "danger zone" is a small area of radius of approximately 4 kilometers from Mount Agung's crater".

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