(Yicai Global) Nov. 30 -- China Eastern Airlines Corp. [SHA:600115] arranged four relief flights to fetch more than 2,000 Chinese tourists stranded in Bali, and China Southern Airlines Co. [SHA:600029] arranged two more.
The island's Ngurah Rai International Airport reopened at 2:28 pm yesterday and will be subject to further closures after 7 am today depending on wind direction and volcanic ash movement, per the latest updates from the Chinese Consulate General in Denpasar and the Indonesian government.
China Eastern Airlines scheduled extra flights to Bali immediately after it received the news of the volcanic eruption. Flights MU781 and MU781A left Beijing at 6:32 pm and 9:02 pm yesterday. MU5029 and MU502Q took off from Shanghai at 6:34 pm and 8:21 pm.
China Eastern Airlines has received 1,480 bookings for the relief flights. The carrier activated an emergency program on Oct. 26, allowing customers who had booked flights to Bali in the following two weeks to reschedule or cancel them.
China Southern Airlines arranged for two Airbus A330 jet airliners to bring stranded tourists from the island back to China. Some 1,297 passengers will take flights from Bali to Guangzhou and Shenzhen from today to Dec. 7, the company said in its latest reservation update. The airline scheduled flight CZ6066 (Bali-Shenzhen) to leave China at 12:45 am and arrive on the island at 7 am today. It scheduled flight CZ626 (Bali-Guangzhou) to depart at 1 am and arrive at 6:05 am.
A phreatic eruption took place at the Mount Agung volcano in Bali on Nov. 21, and the eruption intensity increased, spreading ash across the island. A volcanic ash cloud forced Ngurah Rai International Airport to close on Nov. 27. All inbound and outbound flights were cancelled.