November 27, 2017 / 3:56 AM / a year ago

Bali airport's closure due to volcano has affected 445 flights - operator

A view of Mount Agung volcano erupting from Kubu, in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The closure of I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport on the Indonesian island of Bali due to a volcanic eruption has affected 445 flights, including 196 international routes, its operator said on Monday.

PT Angkasa Pura, the operator, has prepared five alternative airports for airlines to divert their inbound flights, including ones in neighbouring provinces, it said in a statement.

Bali airport’s official website showed flights operated by Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI), Sriwijaya, Garuda Indonesia (GIAA.JK), Tiger Air, Malaysian Airlines and Jetstar had been cancelled.

Reporting by Bernadette Christina Munthe; Writing by Fransiska Nangoy; Editing by Richard Borsuk

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