Anticipating a larger eruption at Mount Agung, the government raised the alert status to the highest level on Monday, as an ash cloud soared as high as 7,142 meters from sea level, moving west-southwest. Ash spreading across the skies is dangerous for aircraft as jet engines may not be able to handle the debris hurled from the volcano. The Bali airport handles about 2,600 international flights a week, according to CAPA Centre for Aviation.
Singapore Airlines Ltd. and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. were among carriers that scrapped flights. Cathay said its flights CX785 and CX784 on Nov. 28 will "remain inactive until further notice" due to continued effects of the volcanic ash.
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