11/28/2017 22:03 EST | Updated 11/28/2017 22:21 EST

Airlines grounded by Bali volcano may be able to resume flights Wednesday

The international airport in Bali, which was closed on Monday because of an active volcano, is expected to reopen Wednesday and allow stranded Canadians and others to leave the island.

The airport closure has disrupted travel for tens of thousands of people, including at least 403 Canadians who had registered with Global Affairs Canada.

An airport spokesman (Arie Ahsannurohim) said volcanic ash has drifted south and southeast, leaving clean space above the airport for planes to land and take off.  The reopening was expected Wednesday afternoon.

The local airport authority had closed the facility because volcanic ash poses a deadly threat to aircraft and ash from Mount Agung had been moving south-southwest toward it.

However, the volcano was still erupting and Indonesia's president has urged anyone still within an exclusion zone extending up to 10 kilometres to get out "for the sake of their safety."

Although 403 Canadians had registered with Global Affairs Canada, a spokeswoman said earlier in the week that since registration is voluntary, more Canadians may be in the region.


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