Volcanic ash delays Air NZ flights to Bali

  • 10/07/2015
Air New Zealand (Photo: Supplied)
Air New Zealand (Photo: Supplied)

Flights between New Zealand and Bali have been delayed because of volcanic ash.

Air NZ says the ash conditions are outside its safety parameters and it's unable to operate until the situation improves.

A flight scheduled to leave Auckland at 4.30pm on Saturday would now leave at 3am on Sunday conditions permitting.

This means the return service will also be delayed, Air NZ says.

The airline will review the situation on Saturday and provide an update about 6pm.

"We apologise for the inconvenience to passengers."

Across the ditch, the ash has grounded Jetstar and Virgin Australia flights disrupting the holiday plans of hundreds.

Melbourne man Brendan McCarthy was told his flight home from Bali on Friday had been cancelled until at least Monday.

Other travellers were being told their flights could be delayed until July 23, he said.

Air Asia and Garuda Indonesia continue to fly between Australia and Bali, which some travellers have complained about on social media platforms.

Air Asia has confirmed its flights were re-routed away from the affected areas to other Bali airports.

Mt Raung erupted on July 2. The volcano is about 150km to the west of Denpasar airport - the main airport for those heading to Bali - in East Java.

The latest round of cancellations began on Wednesday.

NZN