Volcano ash continues to cause chaos in Bali
Ash spewing from an Indonesian volcano closed Bali airport again on Sunday, just a day after it reopened, causing fresh travel chaos for weary holidaymakers stranded on the holiday island.
Mount Raung on the main island of Java has been erupting for weeks, and on Thursday a cloud of drifting ash forced the closure of Bali airport and four others, during peak holiday season.
The airport at Bali, a top international holiday destination that attracts millions of foreign tourists every year, reopened on Saturday as the ash drifted away, allowing some passengers to board flights home and others to arrive.
But on Sunday morning, the transport ministry announced wind had once again pushed the cloud over the resort island and that the airport was being closed again. ?We will continue to monitor developments and decide if the closure will be extended later,? transport ministry spokesman J.A. Barata told Agence France-Presse.
Another airport on Java serving domestic routes was also closed. The other three originally closed on Thursday, including the international airport on Lombok island, east of Bali, are now open.