Volcano alert: UAE flights cancelled

Duba: Flights from the UAE to Bali have been cancelled for security reasons following a series of eruptions of a volcano in the island tourist destination.

A number of airlines around the world started cancelling their flights since Saturday evening when Indonesia’s Mount Agung erupted. Three eruptions were reported again early Sunday, sending dark ash cloud into the atmosphere.

Emirates Airline confirmed on Tuesday that it has suspended operations to and from Bali/Despansar “until further notice.”

Affected flyers from Dubai International Airport have been advised to either take alternative flights to a nearby destination or cancel their trip.

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“Due to the eruption of Mount Agung, the volcanic ash cloud is forecast to cover the island of Bali/Denpasar. As such, operations to and from Bali/Denpasar have been suspended until further notice,” the airline said in a statement sent to Gulf News.

As of November 27, flights EK360 and EK361 were cancelled, while flight EK398 from Dubai to Bali/Despansar was delayed by approximately nine hours and was tentatively scheduled to depart at 6pm.

“Transit passengers bound for Bali/Denpasar who are currently in Dubai International Airport will be given the option to travel to the nearest destination, CGK/Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, or to their original point of departure if they so choose,” the airline said.

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The airline said the dates and times provided are provisional and subject to the operational status of Bali/Denpasar International Airport.

Passengers are requested to check the airline’s website for the latest flight schedules.

Source Credit: Gulf News

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