• Bali flights to resumes after ash cloud closed airport

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    JAKARTA: Holidaymakers stranded for days in Bali when a volcanic ash cloud forced the closure of the island’s main airport began checking in for flights Saturday after Indonesian authorities reopened the terminal. Ngurah Rai International Airport had been closed since late Thursday as Mount Raung on Java spewed clouds of ash into the sky, grounding hundreds of flights during peak tourist season on the resort island. Indonesia’s transport ministry reopened the airport on Saturday after the ash cloud drifted southwest, clearing the skies for take off. Trikora Harjo, the airport’s general manager, said things were slowly returning to normal at the terminal, with passengers queueing up to check in and crews preparing planes for departures.

    AFP

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