Here Are the Flights Going in and Out of Bali
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The eruption of Mount Agung is wreaking havoc on the resort island of Bali, with as many as 100,000 people in an area that according to the Indonesian government should be evacuated because it is at high risk if the eruption worsens. Until Wednesday morning, Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) was closed but now flights are slowly starting to trickle back in and out.
It’s estimated that between 120,000 and 150,000 tourists are currently trapped on the island, and it’s possible that another, even larger, eruption is coming.
Airlines like Qantas and Jetstar are adding relief flights on top of their regularly scheduled service. Qantas even plans on sending an empty 747 to DPS so it can get as many people to safety as possible.
We’ve checked flight tracking website FlightRadar24.com to see what’s coming in and out of DPS and it appears that not all regularly scheduled flights are back in action.
In this screenshot you can see that only six planes were either departing or heading towards Bali at 12:06am Bali time (11:06am EST). Only three carriers, China Eastern, Lion Air and Singapore Airlines, were operating at the time of the screenshot.
China Eastern Flight 5029 was inbound from Shanghai (PVG) and scheduled to land at 12:23 local time. An A330-300 is operated on the regularly scheduled service,
You can actually see that the flight was diverted to Singapore (SIN) on November 26 because of the volcanic activity.
Singapore Airlines flight 939 from Denpasar to Singapore departed at 11:30PM Bali time and was about an hour and 20 minutes away from landing.
Singapore Airlines and SilkAir said that flights to and from Bali will operate as scheduled on November 30. Virgin Australia said it will operate recovery flights once conditions are safe enough to do so. It’s unclear when AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia and Batik Air flights would return. Flight Global reports that it could take up to a week to move the stranded travelers on the island. And an air evacuation could quickly turn into a far more massive operation if the eruption worsens and authorities have to relocate Bali’s inhabitants, as well as its visitors, out of harm’s way.
Featured image by Mahendra Moonstar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.
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