Bali airport closed, flights canceled for a 2nd day after massive volcanic eruptions

  • Denpasar Airport, the main airport on the Indonesian island of Bali, will remain closed on Tuesday.
  • Airbnb has sent “preparedness messaging” to more than 13,500 hosts and guests in the region.
  • Flights were canceled Monday after an ash plume reached the airport from multiple volcanic eruption over the weekend.

Denpasar Airport, the main airport on the Indonesian island of Bali, will remain closed on Tuesday.

The airport will be closed for at least a further 24 hours, until 7 a.m. local time on Wednesday, when conditions will be reassessed again, a spokesman for the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management said.

Flights in and out of Bali were canceled Monday following volcanic eruptions by Mount Agung over the weekend that sent ash 13,000 feet, or 4,000 meters, into the sky.

When the same volcano threatened to erupt in September, Airbnb, which has 27,500 listings in Bali, asked local hosts to open their homes at no charge. That disaster-response tool is undergoing changes designed to increase its effectiveness, however, and has not been activated in this situation.

An Airbnb representative told Business Insider: “Airbnb has sent preparedness messaging to over 13,500 of our hosts and guests in the impacted region, reminding our community to follow the direction of local officials and providing information on how guests can modify and cancel reservations.”

Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry said on Twitter that it would offer free accommodation to stranded passengers who booked hotels through the International Hotel and Restaurant Association.

Before Tuesday’s announcement regarding Denpasar Airport,Virgin Australia had already said its flights between Bali and Australia would be cancelled until after Tuesday. The airline said that it was closely monitoring the volcano’s activity and that the aviation colour code was red, indicating an “imminent” eruption.

Customers with coming Jetstar flights out of Australia were offered to change their flight destination to alternative cities in Asia, change their travel dates, or cancel their booking to receive a travel-credit voucher.

Emirates said it would suspend flights to and from Bali until further notice. It expected flights to resume as normal on Saturday.

On Monday, 59,000 passengers on 445 canceled flights – including 196 international flights – were affected, the airport said in a statement.

Ash had been confirmed on the ground at Denpasar Airport, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency also said that as many as 100,000 locals in 22 affected villages needed to leave the expanded danger zone around the volcano but that less than half that number had left, Associated Press reported on Monday.