Indonesia reopens Bali airport as wind blows away volcanic ash  

15:19 • 29.11.17



The airport on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali reopened on Wednesday as wind blew away ash and smoke spewed out by a volcano, giving airlines a window to get stranded tourists out and authorities more time to urge villagers to move to safety, Reuters reports.


Operations at the airport - the second-busiest in Indonesia - have been disrupted since the weekend when Mount Agung, in east Bali, began belching out huge clouds of smoke and ash, and authorities warned of an “imminent threat” of a major eruption.


“Bali’s international airport started operating normally,” air traffic control provider AirNav said in a statement, adding that operations resumed at 2:28 pm. (0628 GMT).


The reopening of the airport, which is about 60 km (37 miles) away from Mount Agung, followed a downgrade in an aviation warning to one level below the most serious, with the arrival of more favorable winds.


A large plume of white and grey ash and smoke hovered over Agung on Wednesday, after night-time rain partially obscured a fiery glow at its peak.


President Joko Widodo begged villagers living in a danger zone around the volcano to move to emergency centers.


The decision to resume flights followed an emergency meeting at the airport, when authorities weighing up weather conditions, tests and data from AirNav and other groups.





LATEST NEWSAll Today news

19:56 • 09/12

Rafaella Carnevalle in Yerevan to design first boutique hotel in Fendi, Feragammo style and conduct Xcat boat race in Sevan

15:07 • 09/12

Ronaldo ‘best player in history’ - Zidane

15:00 • 09/12

Armenians feel morally obliged to assist in intn’l genocide campaign

14:53 • 09/12

‘Mermaid baby’ dies in India hours after birth, with doctors unable to identify gender

14:44 • 09/12

France bids farewell to Johnny Hallyday

14:23 • 09/12

Apple in talks to acquire Shazam

14:06 • 09/12

EU-Armenia agreement no reason to contrast West with Russia – analyst

13:08 • 09/12

Constitution objectively testifies to our democracy-building – Bako Sahakyan

12:49 • 09/12

No need for witch-hunt to fight corruption in Armenia – lawyer

12:01 • 09/12

Queen Elizabeth spotted wearing identical outfit as her Nigerian guest

11:34 • 09/12

US airstrikes kill 5 al-Qaida operatives in Yemen

11:06 • 09/12

168 Zham: Russia opposed to Turkish intervention in Karabakh peace - Paul Goble

10:32 • 09/12

Oxford tops ranking of world's best universities

10:04 • 09/12

EU, Japan conclude world's largest free trade deal

09:30 • 09/12

Instagram testing direct, standalone messaging app that replaces current inbox

09:18 • 09/12

Saakashvili arrested in Ukraine

14:25 • 08/12

Ucom sponsors launch of online portal for interactive methods and distant learning

13:26 • 08/12

Confrontational Erdogan stuns Greek hosts on Athens visit – The Guardian

12:17 • 08/12

Armenia to pay €15,000 to ECHR applicant

11:24 • 08/12

Armenian parliament adopts state budget for 2018

10:53 • 08/12

Turkish intellectuals refuse to make apologies for Artsakh visit

10:28 • 08/12

North Korea ready to open direct talks with US

10:12 • 08/12

Chorrord Ishkanutyun: Top Armenian military commander set to resign

09:48 • 08/12

Martin Schulz proposes 'United States of Europe' plan

09:33 • 08/12

US warns against scrapping Abbas talks after Trump’s Jerusalem move

09:15 • 08/12

OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing states call for mutual responsibility to end Karabakh conflict

18:01 • 07/12

Armenian premier pledges Gyumri development plan  

17:57 • 07/12

Ardshinbank named best foreign exchange provider in Armenia  

17:24 • 07/12

Florida burglar swipes guns, ammo from Florida police car

16:58 • 07/12

Australian parliament backs same-sex marriages

16:39 • 07/12

Palestinians and Israelis clash following Trump’s move on embassy

16:30 • 07/12

Nalbandian: Azerbaijan’s intentions can be easily tracked by its expenditures – Nalbandian

16:05 • 07/12

Rex Tillerson: US backs Minsk Group efforts towards Karabakh peace

15:39 • 07/12

Trump’s Jerusalem statement major concern to world Christians - Armenian patriarch

14:36 • 07/12

Russell Crowe under fire over ‘sodomising’ female co-star

14:17 • 07/12

Leonardo da Vinci painting heads to Louvre Abu Dhabi  

14:09 • 07/12

Bitcoin surges above $14,000 to new high

14:01 • 07/12

Georgian woman captured while trying to enter Turkey in suitcase

13:40 • 07/12

Gyumri plunging into deeper poverty due to failure to eliminate disaster risks – NGO president

12:35 • 07/12

168 Zham: EU seeks concessions over EaP program to avoid conflicts with Russia - expert

12:06 • 07/12

Ex Volkswagen chief jailed over diesel scandal

11:49 • 07/12

Russia could still boycott 2018 Winter Olympics

11:20 • 07/12

Armenia remembers Spitak earthquake victims 29 years after big disaster

10:49 • 07/12

Putin to seek new presidential term

10:24 • 07/12

Furious Palestinians burn American flags and promise more 'days of rage' after Trump says Jerusalem IS Israel's capital 

10:10 • 07/12

Jerusalem status subject to negotiated solution – Nalbandian

09:40 • 07/12

Nalbandian, Mammadyarov discuss future peace efforts over Karabakh

09:14 • 07/12

Trump calls Jerusalem Israeli capital

17:50 • 06/12

Brave women work out in nothing but body paint, nipple pasties, and thongs to shock gym-goers

17:37 • 06/12

Billionaire Andrej Babis named Czech prime minister

17:16 • 06/12

Bangladesh moves ahead with plan to relocate 100,000 Rohingya  

17:01 • 06/12

NASA astronaut honors Georgian-Armenian pilot

16:30 • 06/12

Former Ferrari boss reveals Michael Schumacher is 'still fighting' as the F1 legend continues his recovery from horror ski accident in French Alps

15:56 • 06/12

Armenian ombudsman attends intn’l forum in Moscow

15:39 • 06/12

We are committed to Armenia - Ursula Burns

14:21 • 06/12

CoE Committee of Ministers launches infringement proceedings against Azerbaijan

14:05 • 06/12

European court rules against Armenian businessman’s handover to Russia

13:27 • 06/12

Ucom and U!Pay application updates are released

13:03 • 06/12

Iran denies US accusation of destabilising region

12:40 • 06/12

Kim Kardashian announces beauty reality show Glam Masters

12:30 • 06/12

Chester Bennington autopsy reveals use of alcohol

12:13 • 06/12

Armenian traditional folk dance on UNESCO cultural heritage list

11:48 • 06/12

Lamborghini unveils 2019 Urus (photos)

11:15 • 06/12

Armenian parliament passes EEU Customs Code

10:17 • 06/12

California declares emergency for Ventura County in the wake of Thomas fire

10:05 • 06/12

Scotland Yard avert Theresa May ‘assassination attempt’  

09:47 • 06/12

Turkish President Erdogan embroiled in new $15 million financial scandal - Sassounian

09:38 • 06/12

French rock star Johnny Hallyday dies at 74

09:24 • 06/12

Asia stocks stumble on Wall Street losses as dollar sags

09:06 • 06/12

Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics

13:43 • 05/12

Michael and Karen Vardanyan have allocated $1,7 million to residents of a whole district to solve the housing problem

12:18 • 05/12

iPhone X in the Fastest Network of Ucom with Apple’s Official Warranty  

17:54 • 04/12

Turkey ends German journalist's solitary confinement

17:34 • 04/12

Aliyev discusses Karabakh peace with EU official  

17:15 • 04/12

One of Europe's brightest Christmas trees features 70,000 bulbs and 900 toys

16:57 • 04/12

Former Yemen leader Ali Abdullah Saleh 'killed'

16:42 • 04/12

Erdogan threatens to oust Armenia from regional projects

16:08 • 04/12

Harry and Meghan's wedding will boost UK economy by $700m

15:49 • 04/12

Attempts to disrespect BSEC principles pose serious hazrds - Nalbandian

15:07 • 04/12

Turkey’s attempts to meddle in Karabakh peace 'doomed to failure' - Armenian orientalist

14:16 • 04/12

Armenian freestyle wrestlers win medals in international tournament

13:57 • 04/12

Metropolitan Opera suspends James Levine over sex abuse claims

13:49 • 04/12

Shocking moment convicted sex offender repeatedly headbutted by another prisoner in court after being sentenced for raping toddler

13:27 • 04/12

Georgian wine breaks Guinness World Record

12:58 • 04/12

Armenia’s major energy company may face fine

12:33 • 04/12

Moscow-Yerevan flight cancelled amid poor weather conditions

12:04 • 04/12

CSTO statement specific message to Armenia - ex Defense Minister

10:24 • 04/12

Erdogan blames US for discrediting Turkey

10:01 • 04/12

Supermoon wows sky-gazers for only time this year

09:30 • 04/12

India doctors fired for mistakenly declaring baby dead

09:13 • 04/12

Jordan warns US over Jerusalem

15:19 • 02/12

Turkey bans male hair dye

15:10 • 02/12

Samsung unveils luxurious smart flip phone with widest aperture camera lens yet

15:04 • 02/12

US Senate approves major tax cuts in victory for Trump

14:57 • 02/12

Floyd Mayweather adopts panda

14:41 • 02/12

Nagorno-Karabakh reports relative calm on frontline

14:16 • 02/12

Sushi Kushi opens first restaurant-bar in Yerevan (photos)

12:57 • 02/12

OSCE/ODIHR urges Armenian authorities to show political will against pressure on voters

12:32 • 02/12

Salvation of Artsakh people 'pressing demand': Armenian diplomat proposes new international norm in peace process  

09:56 • 02/12

Serzg Sargsyan starts working visit to Artsakh (photos)