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 on Saturday were cancelled due to the ash cloud.

A special service NZ245 would fly to Bali on Tuesday at 10am subject to favourable conditions in Denpasar.

NZ246 was scheduled to depart Denpasar on Tuesday at 6.20pm and arrive into Auckland on Wednesday at 6.25am, bringing home 

some of the stranded passengers.

A regular service was scheduled for Wednesday.

Across the Tasman, all but four of Virgin Australia's Bali services on Monday 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 on Monday.

Five flights were cancelled.

Air New Zealand is the only Airline which flies non stop from New Zealand to Bali.




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