350 New Zealanders stranded in Bali
A volcanic ash cloud which has left hundreds of New Zealanders stranded in Bali is moving away from Denpasar Airport.
Compare Travel Insurance spokeswoman Natalie Ball said about 350 New Zealanders were stranded in Bali after Airlines
cancelled flights in and out of Denpasar Airport due to dangerous flying conditions caused by an ash cloud from Mt Raung.
Located on the eastern end of Java about 140km north-west of Denpasar Airport, Mt Raung has been erupting almost continuously since late June.
This has generated a significant ash cloud, which has impacted Aviation Operations over Bali and eastern Java since early July.
The Bureau of Meteorology said in an advisory winds over eastern Java had started shifting north, causing the ash cloud to
move south away from Denpasar Airport.
"Winds have eased in strength, reducing the distance volcanic ash is able to travel," the advisory said.
Two Air New Zealand flights to Bali were cancelled due to the ash cloud.
A special service NZ245 would fly to Bali at subject to favourable conditions in Denpasar.
NZ246 was scheduled to depart Denpasar at and arrive into Auckland at , bringing home
some of the stranded passengers.
A regular service was scheduled for .
Across the Tasman, all but four of Virgin Australia's Bali services were cancelled and those still scheduled to
go ahead in the afternoon were under review.
Jetstar scheduled seven flights to Denpasar Airport, and five flights from the Indonesian island to Australia .
Five flights were cancelled.
Air New Zealand is the only Airline which flies non stop from New Zealand to Bali.
Eesha Rohida [ MBA Mktg ]
Aviation News Editor