Thousands of tourists stranded as Bali volcano eruption closes airport

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Agung's last major eruption in 1963 killed around 1,600 people.

It's happening again! All flights to and from Bali, the famous Indonesian resort island will be cancelled after the Mount Agung volcano became active again. The return flight NZ246 from Denpasar to Auckland has also been cancelled.

Ngurah Rai airport was due to be closed from 3am to at least 7pm Friday after a pilot report detected volcanic ash as high as 23,000 feet following Mount Agung's eruption on Thursday.

Domestic airports at Banyuwangi and Jember were also closed, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said on Twitter.

The airport's online flight schedule showed Singapore Airlines and KLM flights scheduled to arrive Friday evening.

Mount Agung, in northeastern Bali, has erupted with various intensities since late a year ago and in December the airport was also closed for a period and thousands were evacuated closer to the volcano.

Ash cloud Mount Agung produces can pose a threat to aircraft flying in the area. It said the situation will be reviewed at midday.

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Twelve Jetstar flights, including routes between Denpasar and Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Cairns, were cancelled.

Earlier, authorities were forced to cancel 115 worldwide flights and 203 domestic ones, affecting almost 27,000 travelers.

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

Mount Agung began shooting ash 2000 metres into the air on Thursday.

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

It had a dramatic increase in activity last year, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, but had quietened by early this year.

More than 38,000 local residents were evacuated to shelters and a 12km exclusive zone placed around the volcano, which is 70km from Kuta.

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