Delays continue for Bali-bound flights

  • 13/07/2015
Delays are continuing for holidaymakers travelling to and from Bali (Reuters)
Delays are continuing for holidaymakers travelling to and from Bali (Reuters)

Holidaymakers will have to wait longer to start their Bali break as volcanic ash triggers further delays.

Jetstar has announced it will delay two departures this morning from Auckland to the holiday island because volcanic ash from Mt Raung is blowing across the flight path.

But the airline has promised to put on extra services in and out of Bali when flying conditions clear up.

"Given the backlog that has built up in recent times, were planning to put on a number of additional services back to Australia on Monday and Tuesday," the company said on its website.

It said while it regretted the frustration these cancellations had caused, particularly to customers who have been unable to return to New Zealand for several days, safety was the airline's first priority.

Meanwhile Air New Zealand's delayed flight NZ245 yesterday from Auckland to Bali is now scheduled to depart at 10am tomorrow.

Those needing to return home from the holiday island on NZ246 won't be leaving until 4.30pm tomorrow, depending on conditions.

Air travel to 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.

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