Indonesia airport closed due to volcanic activity

Indonesia closes Bali airport due to volcanic activity on Mount Rinjani

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Volcanic ash is seen during an eruption inside the crater of Mount Rinjani on the Indonesian island of Lombok, October 25, 2015

Indonesia closed Bali airport, one of the country's busiest international terminals, until Thursday due to volcanic eruptions on Mount Rinjani on a nearby island, meteorological agency said on Wednesday.

Ngurah Rai airport in Bali and Selaparang airport in West Nusa Tenggara will be closed until Thursday and the situation will be reevaluated before reopening, Indonesia's meteorological agency said in a statement.

"Tremors due to volcanic activities are continuously recorded and potential of more eruption is still high," it said. Mount Rinjani has been spewing ashes since last weekend.

Tens of thousands of travellers in Bali were stranded in July when the resort island's airport was closed due to volcanic eruptions on Mount Raung in East Java.