More Bali flights cancelled as nearby volcano spews ash

JAKARTA Fri Jan 28, 2011 5:20am EST

The Mount Bromo volcano spews smoke as seen from Ngadisari village in Indonesia's East Java province November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Sigit Pamungkas (INDONESIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

The Mount Bromo volcano spews smoke as seen from Ngadisari village in Indonesia's East Java province November 24, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Sigit Pamungkas (INDONESIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Flights to and from Indonesia's holiday island of Bali were disrupted for a second day on Friday as a volcano on the nearby Java island spewed ash into the atmosphere.

Mount Bromo started to rumble and spew ash late last year, but volcanologists said a full scale eruption of the 2,300 metre (about 7,550 ft) volcano was not imminent, although a no-go zone of two kilometres (1.2 miles) had been set up from the crater.

Officials at Bali's Ngurah Rai airport officials said at least 11 international flights were cancelled -- including those operated by JetStar, Virgin Blue VBA.AX, Cathay Pacific (0293.HK) and ValuAir.

Singapore Airlines(SIAL.SI) resumed operations, however, after cancelling flights on Thursday

"From information we received, the cancellations were due to volcanic ash," Sherly Yunita, the airport's spokeswoman, told Reuters.

She said about 1,000 passengers were taken back to their hotels on Thursday.

Indonesia, which lies along the so-called Pacific Rim of Fire, is home to several active volcanoes whose eruptions, even mild, can prompt volcanic ash scares.

(Reporting by Olivia Rondonuwu; Additional reporting by Harry Suhartono; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)