Mount Ruang eruption sparks travel chaos

Closes airports and strands thousands as international airlines cancel flights to tourist hotspot Bali.

On Friday, the 3,332-meter (10,930-ft) -high mountain blasted ash and debris 3,800 m (12,460 ft) into the air.

Government volcanologist Gede Suantika said the eruption forced authorities to close five airports due to the risks posed by volcanic ash. The Transport Ministry told airlines to avoid routes near the mountain.

Dozens of flights between Australia and Bali’s airport by Australian carriers Jetstar and Virgin Australia have been canceled over the past week over safety concerns.

Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport reopened Saturday morning, while two airports on Java island were still closed. Another airport, on Lombok island, reopened late Friday.

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