Stranded in paradise

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Airlines including Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas have cancelled planned flights into and out of the Indonesian island of Bali, after Mount Agung, an active volcano, erupted for the second time this year. Although the local authorities assured travellers that it was safe to fly as the ash from the volcano was only affecting a small part of the island, the airlines took the precautionary measure to either divert or cancel their flights into Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. At the time of writing, airport spokesman Air Ahsanurrohim said that 445 flights had been cancelled, stranding about 59,000 travellers.

The timing could not have been worse, as thousands of young Australians had been intending to fly to Bali for their end of school celebrations.