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China suspends flights from Bali to China due to volcanic ash: report

China suspends flights from Bali to China due to volcanic ash: report
From Reuters - December 4, 2017

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinas aviation authority has suspended all flights from the Indonesian holiday island of Bali to Chinese cities until the threat of volcanic ash clears, the state-run Peoples Daily newspaper reported on Monday.

Clouds of volcanic ash from Balis erupting Mount Agung volcano disrupted flights to and from the islands airport last week, stranding many thousands of tourists.

Flights began resuming when the airport reopened on Wednesday, after the wind changed and blew the ash away from flight paths. Individual airlines make their own decisions on whether to operate.

Australias Jetstar resumed flights on Monday, while Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd said it planned to do so on Tuesday.

Despite the resumption of some services, Chinas aviation authority was stopping any more flights after the return on Monday of the last charter flight, bringing to 15,237 the number of stranded Chinese tourists brought home, the Peoples Daily newspaper said on its Twitter page.

Chinas aviation authority has suspended all flights from Bali to Chinese cities until volcanic ash threat clears, it said.

China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines, which stopped flying new tourists into Bali last week, told Reuters that any resumption of flights would depend on the situation.

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