Bali international airport reopens

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DENPASAR (AFP) – Bali’s international airport opened for business yesterday after a nearly three-day shutdown, as volcanic ash and smoke shifted direction. The move raised hope for some of the more than 120,000 tourists stranded after a surge in activity at Mt Agung had grounded hundreds of flights since Monday, sparking travel chaos and forcing evacuations. Airport officials cautioned the airport could shut again if winds change direction once more and endanger flights. Domestic carrier Garuda said it would start flights to several cities last night, while AirAsia was set to fly to Kuala Lumpur. All other international flights were on standby.

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