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Emirates says all Bali flights suspended due to volcano ash

Dubai airline is forced to ground services to and from holiday hotspot after eruption of volcano Rinjani

Emirates says all Bali flights suspended due to volcano ash

Emirates Airline said on Thursday that all its flights to and from Bali have been suspended until further notice following the eruption of a volcano on a nearby island.

Authorities in Indonesia have closed Bali airport, one of its busiest international terminals, cancelling hundreds of flights, because of ash spewed by the volcano.

An Emirates spokesperson confirmed that the Dubai airline had been forced to suspend services to the holiday hotspot due to the activity of volcano Rinjani on the island of Lombok.

"The possible volcanic ash cloud in the vicinity has resulted in the closure of Denpasarairport by authorities until further notice," the airline said in a statement.

It added: "As a result, all Emirates services (passengers and cargo) to and from Bali have been suspended until further notice.

"All passengers who were planning to travel to Bali as their final destination will be given the option to rebook to Jakarta as their new final destination. Any passengers who are currently in Bali will be informed of their options for return travel.

"Passengers who have already commenced their journey and are currently in transit in Dubai, will be given the option to rebook to Jakarta as their final destination or return to the point of origin as per their ticket on the first available Emirates service."

Emirates added that it is closely monitoring the situation. "We apologise for any inconvenience. The safety of our crew and passengers are our top priority,” the statement said.

Mount Rinjani on the nearby island of Lombok has been spewing ash since last weekend.

Tens of thousands of travellers in Bali were stranded during peak holiday season in July when the airport was closed due to volcanic eruptions on Mount Raung in East Java.

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