The main airport for Bali, Indonesia has reopened after a temporary closure caused by a volcanic ash cloud, but airlines are taking different views on whether to resume operations.

Many carriers began canceling flights to Bali June 28 because of concerns about ash from the Mt. Agung volcano. Indonesian authorities announced that Bali’s Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport would be closed between 3am and 7pm June 29, causing many more cancelations. However, the airport reopened earlier than expected at 2.30pm, when the risk from the ash cloud diminished.

Some airlines, including Singapore Airlines and Australian LCC Jetstar, said they would resume flights June 29 after the airport reopened. AirAsia and Virgin Australia, however, opted to cancel all flights for the remainder of that day.

Virgin Australia said its team of meteorologists, pilots and safety experts have been working with the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center, and has determined that “conditions remain unsuitable for flying” on June 29.  The airline said flights scheduled for June 30 remained under review.

AirAsia said all its flights to Bali and Surabaya on the evening of June 29 would remain canceled. The carrier noted that the ash cloud “is forecast to remain within the proximity of both airports.”

Adrian Schofield, avweekscho@gmail.com