Taipei-EVA Air, Taiwan's biggest privately owned airline, said Tuesday that all its flights to and from Bali for Wednesday have been canceled as Denpasar International Airport on the Indonesian resort island remained closed due to a volcanic eruption there.
The airline made the decision to cancel its flights between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Bali for another day, after all its flights on the route were suspended Monday and Tuesday as Mount Agung volcano continued to belch clouds of ash.
With the cancellation of flights to and from Bali by EVA Air and also by Taiwan's flagship China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's representative office in Indonesia is offering to transfer Taiwanese tourists in Bali to another Indonesian airport ahead of schedule if they wish.
The Taipei Economic and Trade Office in Surabaya is in close contact with the 275 Taiwanese tourists in Bali and has confirmed that they are all safe, according to Taiwan's foreign ministry spokesman Andrew Lee (???).
Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued an "orange" travel alert for Bali, urging nationals to avoid visits there unless absolutely necessary.
Authorities in Bali have been evacuating residents living near the Mount Agung volcano as they expect a major eruption, similar to the one in 1963 that claimed more than 1,500 lives.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel