Nearly 700 flights canceled as Bali airport closed over volcanic eruption

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Indonesia's Mount Rinjani Erupts, Forces Flight Cancellations


Indonesia has closed Bali airport, one of its busiest international terminals, cancelling hundreds of flights, because of ash spewed by a volcano on a nearby island, authorities said on Wednesday.

The resort island's Ngurah Rai airport will be closed until Thursday morning and will reopen after a re-evaluation of the situation, officials said.

"A total of 692 flights have been canceled," airport authorities said in a statement.

Mount Rinjani on the nearby island of Lombok has been spewing ash since last weekend.

"Tremors due to volcanic activities are continuously recorded and potential of more eruption is still high," the meteorological agency said in a statement.

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Nearly 700 flights canceled as Bali airport closed over volcanic eruption
Passengers wait for information on delayed and cancelled flights at the international departure area of Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar on November 4, 2015. Indonesia will extend the closure of an international airport on popular Bali resort island to on November 5 due to ash from an erupting volcano, an official said on November 4, grounding more than 100 flights. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
A passenger stands in front of a flight information board at the international departure area of Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar on November 4, 2015. Indonesia will extend the closure of an international airport on popular Bali resort island to on November 5 due to ash from an erupting volcano, an official said on November 4, grounding more than 100 flights. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Passengers wait for information on delayed and cancelled flights at the international departure area of Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar on November 4, 2015. Indonesia will extend the closure of an international airport on popular Bali resort island to on November 5 due to ash from an erupting volcano, an official said on November 4, grounding more than 100 flights. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers cover a plane engine with a plastic sheet in their attempt not to be damaged by volcanic ash at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of tourists are stranded on three Indonesian islands after ash from the Mount Rinjani volcano forced the closure of airports and blanketed villages and farmlands. The eruption shut down flights at the Ngurah Rai international airport in Bali, about 135 kilometers (84 miles) from Lombok, and the Selaparang airport in Mataram, the capital of West Nusatenggara province, located on West Nusatenggara province, located on Lombok Island. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
A passenger looks at a flight information monitor with canceled flights at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Thousands of tourists are stranded on three Indonesian islands after ash from the Mount Rinjani volcano forced the closure of airports and blanketed villages and farmlands. The eruption shut down flights at the Ngurah Rai international airport in Bali, about 135 kilometers (84 miles) from Lombok, and the Selaparang airport in Mataram, the capital of West Nusatenggara province, located on West Nusatenggara province, located on Lombok Island. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Passengers wait as their flights are canceled at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Ash spewing from a rumbling volcano in eastern Indonesia blanketing villages with thick ash, forcing the closure of two airports and international airlines canceled flights to tourist hotspot Bali, stranding thousands. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Passengers wait as their flights are canceled at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Ash spewing from a rumbling volcano in eastern Indonesia blanketing villages with thick ash, forcing the closure of two airports and international airlines canceled flights to tourist hotspot Bali, stranding thousands. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Passengers wait to check the status of their flights with airline desk at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Ash spewing from a rumbling volcano in eastern Indonesia blanketing villages with thick ash, forcing the closure of two airports and international airlines canceled flights to tourist hotspot Bali, stranding thousands. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Passengers line up to check the status of their flights with airline desk at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Ash spewing from a rumbling volcano in eastern Indonesia blanketing villages with thick ash, forcing the closure of two airports and international airlines canceled flights to tourist hotspot Bali, stranding thousands. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Passengers wait to check the status of their flights with airline desk at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Ash spewing from a rumbling volcano in eastern Indonesia blanketing villages with thick ash, forcing the closure of two airports and international airlines canceled flights to tourist hotspot Bali, stranding thousands. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Passengers wait for information on delayed and cancelled flights at the international departure area of Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar on November 4, 2015. Indonesia will extend the closure of an international airport on popular Bali resort island to on November 5 due to ash from an erupting volcano, an official said on November 4, grounding more than 100 flights. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Passengers wait for information on delayed and cancelled flights at the international departure area of Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar on November 4, 2015. Indonesia will extend the closure of an international airport on popular Bali resort island to on November 5 due to ash from an erupting volcano, an official said on November 4, grounding more than 100 flights. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Passengers wait for information on delayed and cancelled flights at the international departure area of Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar on November 4, 2015. Indonesia will extend the closure of an international airport on popular Bali resort island to on November 5 due to ash from an erupting volcano, an official said on November 4, grounding more than 100 flights. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Media reported the volcanic eruption had also delayed the deportation of one of India's most-wanted men, Rajendra Nikalje, widely known as Chhota Rajan. He was arrested in Bali last week after a two-decade-long international manhunt.

Tens of thousands of travelers in Bali were stranded during peak holiday season in July when the airport was closed due to volcanic eruptions on Mount Raung in East Java.

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