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Denpasar airport reopens as ash cloud moves away

Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai International airport has reopened earlier than expected, with the ash cloud from the erupting Mount Agung volcano now predicted to move further east of the airport.

A NOTAM advisory shows that the aerodrome reopened at 15:00 local time on 29 November, and updated projections show that the ash cloud is expected to move further south-southeast, and away from Bali.

Singapore Airlines has advised that it will operate two services to Denpasar that due to depart Singapore in the evening as scheduled, while two other services will be retimed.

It adds that it is seeking regulatory approval to operate additional relief flights for passengers that were affected by the cancellations on 27 and 28 November.

Other carriers are expected to resume services to Denpasar gradually, but it may take up to a week to clear the backlog of passengers created by the earlier cancellation of flights.

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