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Bali flights cancelled, thousands affected after Mount Agung erupts again

Bali flights cancelled, thousands affected after Mount Agung erupts again

Ash from a volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island of Bali has forced the closure of its global airport and the cancellation of hundreds of flights on Friday, while villagers living beneath rumbling Mount Agung began fleeing their homes.

Mount Agung volcano erupts during the night, as seen from Kubu, Karangasem Regency in Bali, Indonesia on June 29, 2018.

Thousands of Australians heading to Bali have had to put their holidays on hold with flights from capital cities cancelled due to Indonesia's Mount Agung volcano spewing water vapour and ash into the atmosphere.

Three flights out of Perth to Bali and one returning have been cancelled tonight, as eruptions from Mount Agung again wreak havoc on travel schedules.

The holiday plans of thousands of Aussies have been thrown into chaos, with Bali's Mount Agung volcano forcing the closure of the island's global airport. Volcanic ash can damage aircraft engines, clog fuel and cooling systems, and affect visibility.

However, it said, several flights remained as scheduled until further notice.

Agung's last major eruption in 1963 killed around 1,600 people.

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The airlines will continue to assess conditions on Friday and customers have been urged to check websites.

Activity at the volcano was high in 2017 and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

Indonesia is the world's most active volcanic region and lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent volcanic and seismic activities.

Virgin Australia has advised passengers the airport is due to reopen at 7pm local time (9pm AEST) on Friday. Authorities lowered its alert status from the highest level in February. Those missed flights have been re-booked to leave tomorrow morning.

Thousands were stranded at the airport or area hotels Friday, but it was not immediately clear how many tourists were unable to leave the island.

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