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Iceland's Volcanic Fallout in Bali

European Air Traffic Shutdown Due to Iceland's Volcano Felt Also in Bali.

(4/26/2010) While airlines are struggling worldwide to recover from the shutdown of many European flights occasioned by the volcanic explosion of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland, the "fallout" from this global event was also felt in Bali.

KLM flights to Bali were cancelled for several days during the height of European flight cancellations.

Bali's airport authorities estimated that around 3,000 European tourists were stranded in Bali due to flight cancellations. That number is declining rapidly as airlines resume normal schedules and address the backlog of passengers.

The Bali Hotel Association (BHA) issued an expression of empathy for those stranded in Bali, calling on hotels to extend their best available rates to those compelled to linger in Bali waiting for a flight home.

The BHA has also urged hotel members to defer cancellation charges for passengers who rebook their holidays before the end of 2010.

Indonesian immigration authorities announced a "visa amnesty" assuring people overstaying the limit of their visa due to flight interruptions caused by Iceland's volcano that leniency would be extended. Visitors able to show a ticket cancelled due to the European flight interruptions will be exempt from overstay fines as they wait for an available flight back home.