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Emirates cancels flights due to volcano eruption

DUBAI // All Emirates Airline flights to and from Bali have been suspended until at least Monday because of a volcano eruption in Indonesia.

Denpasar airport, on the popular holiday island, was closed due to the resultant volcanic ash cloud and Emirates said it took action to cancel flights on Thursday night.

An airline statement said: “Emirates has temporarily suspended services to and from Bali due to the closure of Denpasar (DPS) airport as a result of the volcanic ash cloud.

“Emirates is constantly monitoring the situation. Passengers are advised to check emirates.com for the latest flight status. The airline apologises for any inconvenience caused.”

It went on to say that flights on July 10 and 11 have been cancelled and flights to and from Bali on July 12 and 13 remain suspended, pending updates on the situation.

According to Etihad Airways’ Facebook page, the Abu Dhabi airline’s flights to and from the Indonesian capital Jakarta “are not affected”.

“At the moment we have no cancellations regarding Indonesia flights,” it said.

Emirates only launched its daily service to Bali on June 3. EK398 departs Dubai at 8.20am and arrives at Bali’s Denpasar International Airport at 9.40pm on the same day. The return flight, EK399, departs Bali at 11.40pm and arrives at Dubai International Airport at 5am the next day.

In 2010, a volcanic eruption in Iceland caused widespread cancellations for the aviation industry across Europe.

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(via The National)