Virgin Australia has joined Jetstar in resuming all flights to and from Bali as favourable weather conditions help disperse volcanic ash from Mount Ruang.
Denpasar Airport was closed yesterday after further eruptions caused unacceptable atmospheric conditions.
“The latest advice from our team of meteorologists and the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre is that conditions in the vicinity of Denpasar Airport remain favourable and it is safe to continue flying,” a statement from Virgin Australia said.
“As a result of this advice, Virgin Australia will operate all day and night time flights from Australia to Denpasar today, Thursday 23 July 2015. Virgin Australia has scheduled additional services today in order to get affected guests to their intended destination as quickly as possible.”
“Provided conditions remain unchanged, tomorrow’s services are scheduled to operate in and out of Denpasar.”
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said conditions were looking safe for now.
“Overnight, we’ve seen the ash dissipate from the area over Bali and we’ve seen the plume move more to the south-west of the volcano,” the bureau’s Stephanie Bond said.
“Model data and the wind regime show the plume should remain to mainly the west of the volcano, maybe a little bit to the north, but this means that it should remain away from Bali from today onwards.”
Earlier this month the eruption of Mount Ruang created an ash cloud that drifted over the resort island, forcing the closure of the airport and the cancellation of numerous flights.
Thousands of travellers were left looking for other flights or accommodation, including many who had travelled to Bali during the school holidays.
Virgin Australia and Jetstar added extra flights to help passengers get home and Qantas aircrafts were also used to return those stranded.
– with ABC