Bali holidaymakers back in New Zealand

  • 15/07/2015
(3 News)
(3 News)

The first Kiwi holidaymakers who were stranded in Bali have made it home.

An Air New Zealand flight from the Indonesian holiday island touched down at Auckland Airport this morning.

That flight was meant to leave Bali on Sunday, but it was one of hundreds of flights caught up in days of delays caused by volcanic ash from Mt Raung.

Jetstar and Virgin Australia were also able to resume flights to and from Bali on Tuesday, with additional flights put on in a bid to clear the backlog of passengers.

But the clear skies may not last long.

Virgin Australia warned late on Tuesday that the latest advice from its team of meteorologists and the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre was that a major eruption of Mt Raung may affect flights on Wednesday.

The airline said in a statement that conditions around Bali's Denpasar Airport were favourable for flying on Tuesday evening but "it is likely that conditions will deteriorate tomorrow, which could disrupt operations again".

It said a number of flights from Australia to Denpasar on Wednesday had been delayed to enable flying conditions to be assessed in consultation with the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre.

On its Facebook site late on Tuesday night, Jetstar Australia said "there's still work to do" but it got 11 flights out of Bali back to Australia during the day, had filled its flights for Wednesday and was planning for Thursday.

"These flights are subject to favourable flying conditions continuing, so we'll be able to plan these with more certainty following updates from the Volcanic Ash Authority Centre (VAAC) throughout Wednesday."

Air travel to and from Bali has been disrupted for days now, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded and tourists uncertain about their holidays.

Mt Raung erupted on July 2, emitting plumes of ash that can choke jet engines. The volcano is about 150km west of Denpasar airport, the main airport for those heading to Bali.