The city of Darwin was completely cut off from air traffic on Saturday by ash clouds drifting from the Sangeang Api volcano, forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights.
Passengers hoping to travel to Bali from Australia's west coast were also impacted by the plume.
airport said flights had resumed on Sunday afternoon, with national
carrier Qantas Airways confirming it had restarted operations and budget
airlines Jetstar and Virgin also set to return to the skies.
are coming back online but there are some scheduled changes so people
still need to check with the airline with regards to what's happening
with their particular flight," a Darwin airport spokeswoman said.
Australia, the government's airspace agency, said the plume had
continued to dissipate overnight and throughout the day and skies were
"The ash plumes that may have affected flights into and
out of Cairns and Townsville today have dispersed and will not affect
flights. Brisbane flights will also be unaffected," the agency said.
on whether or not flights will operate will be made by individual
airlines and operators based on a careful assessment of all available
Indonesian transport ministry spokesman J.A. Barata
said two airports on the volcano's neighbouring islands of Sumbawa and
Sumba had been reopened and that a third affected on Timor island was
now operating as usual after volcanic ash had been swept from the
National carrier Garuda, which operates turbo-prop
planes to hop between the resort island of Bali and the affected islands
to its east, cancelled its flights in the region. Three domestic
flights operated by other airlines had also been cancelled, said Barata.
visibility is fine. Some airlines are just being cautious," he said,
adding that further eruptions were possible and would likely prompt
further cancellations. (msn)