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1st LD-Writethru: More flights return Chinese tourists stranded in Bali

Xinhua,December 01, 2017 Adjust font size:

SHANGHAI, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- A chartered flight returned 178 Chinese tourists to eastern province of Shandong on Thursday night, after a volcano eruption stranded them in Bali, Indonesia.

They were the latest group of some 17,000 Chinese tourists who are returning from Bali.

Since Wednesday, China Eastern Airlines, one of the country's major state-owned carriers, has sent seven planes to collect an estimated more than 1,740 passengers.

On Wednesday night, China Southern Airlines flew two planes from Guangzhou and Shenzhen, while China Eastern Airlines sent four from Beijing and Shanghai.

Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali was closed on Monday due to the eruption of Mount Agung volcano.

The airport re-opened Wednesday afternoon and is subject to further closures depending on the weather and movement of volcanic ash. Enditem