Tourists around the world are hoping their dream holidays are left unaffected by the impending eruption of Bali’s Mount Agung, with international airlines fielding enquiries as coverage of the volcano continues.
Mount Agung is found in Bali’s northeast, with a wide evacuation zone concerning some visitors. But, in a report from Australia’s ABC, tourists have been told unless they’re planning to be within the zone – which stretches up to 12 kilometres from the caldera – an eruption is unlikely to have an impact on their holidays.
Over 35,000 people have evacuated as of Tuesday, Sept. 26, but Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika has tipped this figure to double after an eruption.
But, tourists may find flights affected by ash in the coming days. The Tourism Ministry has said that Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar is operating as normal, but this is subject to change following meetings between the island’s authorities and airlines.
“Reported during these airport meetings is the latest satellite image of Mount Agung and so far, as of this afternoon, the image shows no detection of volcanic ash,” the Tourism Ministry website said, as reported by ABC.