Officials in Indonesia have formed plans to divert flights away from Bali should the volcano erupt
Evacuations are underway on the Indonesian island of Bali as experts warn of an imminent volcano eruption.
Over 75,600 people have been evacuated after dramatic increases in seismic activity sparked fears that Mount Agung could erupt in a “matter of hours”.
The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM) has raised the volcano alert to 4, meaning an eruption can be expected at any time.
Are flights disrupted?
There are no current disruptions to flights travelling to Bali, but officials in Indonesia have formed plans to divert flights should the volcano erupt.
Flights will instead land at 10 other airports across the country, including Jakarta, Makassar, Surabaya, Balikpapan, Solo, Ambon, Manado, Praya, Kupang and Banyuwangi.
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A volcanic eruption and ensuing ash cloud would force Bali’s Ngurah Rai international airport to close.
Some airlines have already begun to plan ahead in case of an eruption.
Virgin Australia and Jetstar are taking extra jet fuel from Australia in case they have to turn back.
Singaporean airlines are also carrying excess fuel, but all schedules are still operating as normal.
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Airlines that fly to Bali from the UK, including Qatar Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Thai, China Southern and Malaysia are all operating as normal.
The latest Foreign Office advice to Britons planning to visit the region says that Indonesia’s volcanic alert level indicates “an eruption is possible in the next 24 hours”.
The Foreign Office said: “You should follow the advice of the local authorities and stay outside the exclusion zone. If there is an eruption, volcanic ash clouds could cause flight disruptions.
“In the event of volcanic ash clouds you should confirm your travel arrangements directly with your airline or travel agent before travelling to the airport.”
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Tourist visas will be extended for any travellers who become stranded if Mount Agung erupts.
Indonesian transportation minister Budi Karya Sumadi said: “If a tourist must overstay due to the eruption of Mount Agung, then immigration must provide assistance related to the extension of their tourist visa.”
Mount Agung, which is the largest volcano in Bali, has not erupted since 1963, when two major eruptions killed over 1,000 people.
The volcano is part of the so-called Ring of Fire, a circle of volcanoes that surrounds Indonesia.
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