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Volcanic ash cloud strands travellers as flights cancelled across Indonesia

 Airports were closed across parts of Indonesia due to a volcanic ash cloud from the eruption of Mount Ruang leaving thousands of international travellers stranded.

Bali holidaymakers were among the worst affected, with Jetstar, Virgin Australiaand Garuda Indonesia cancelling flights to and from Denpasar airport.

The cancellations, now in the third consecutive day, follow on from cancellations across the first few days of July after Mount Raung erupted on 2 July.
The volcano is about 150km to the west of Denpasar airport – the main airport for those heading to 
Bali – in east Java.

The latest round of cancellations began on Wednesday evening and extended into Thursday as winds pushed the ash cloud closer to the facility.

Jetstar and Virgin Australia are issuing regular updates on the situation, which is being continually assessed.