Bali's volcano is spewing ash again, causing mayhem for Australian airlines

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The popular Indonesian tourist island of Bali has closed its worldwide airport after Mount Agung volcano began spewing volcanic ash and vapor higher than two kilometers (6,500 feet) into the air.

According to The Star, the airport was shut on Friday (June 29) and will remain close until 7pm local time.

Bali's main airport has reopened after volcanic ash from Mt Agung forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights and derailed tens of thousands of passengers' holiday plans on the eve of the school holidays.

AirAsia cancelled a string of flights in and out of Bali to a variety of destinations, including Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore, Manila and Surabaya.

Eruptions lasted for nearly a year, with the volcano falling silent again until September 2017 when several hundred earthquakes struck locally.

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

Domestic airports at Banyuwangi and Jember were also closed, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said on Twitter.

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.

Other airlines disrupted include Virgin, Air Asia and Garuda. "We hoped that we could leave this morning, but the airport is closed", she said.

Tourists on the island were subjected to hours of travel misery as hundreds of flights were grounded and Bali's worldwide airport was temporarily shut.

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.

SIA passengers travelling to Bali between Thursday and Friday may also be able to rebook or request a refund of their tickets, it said in a Facebook post.

Mount Agung, in northeastern Bali, has erupted with various intensities since late a year ago and in December the airport was also closed for a period and thousands were evacuated closer to the volcano.

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