Bali Airport closed, flights cancelled due to volcanic ash
Thousands of tourists are stranded on three Indonesian islands after ash from the Mount Rinjani volcano forced the closure of airports and blanketed villages and farmlands.
November 4, 2015 By The Associated Press
Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island blasted ash and debris 3,500 metres into the air on Wednesday, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman.
The eruption shut down flights at the Ngurah Rai international airport in Bali, about 135 kilometres from Lombok, and the Selaparang airport in Mataram, the capital of West Nusatenggara province, located on Lombok Island.
Later Wednesday, the Blimbingsari airport in Banyuwangi on the eastern end of main Java Island also was closed, the Ministry of Transportation said. | READ MORE