The Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has reopened Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport to commercial traffic following a decrease in volcanic activity at Mount Agung.

The airport was declared safe for flights effective 1500L (0700Z) on November 29. According to Flightradar24 ADS-B data, only a few flights have departed since then, including Lion Air, Garuda Indonesia and AirAsia services. Most of the routes could not, however, be operated out of Denpasar due to a lack of aircraft positioned there.

More airlines have since announced the resumption of service for November 30, including Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Qatar Airways.

Malaysia Airlines will also operate a single rescue flight to Surabaya. The airline ferried its passengers stranded on Bali to this airport earlier using ground and sea transport.

While the DGCA's decision to reopen the airport comes on the back of decreased tremor activity associated with Mount Agung's eruption, it has nonetheless urged all airlines and crews to remain vigilant and follow standard operating procedures at all times.

The airport, located in the southern part of the island some 60 kilometres away from the erupting volcano, has been closed since 0600L on November 27 (2200Z on November 26). More than 440 flights were affected on the first day of closure alone, although not all of them were to or from Denpasar - the DGCA also included delayed flights at other airports in this number.

Mount Agung, the highest peak in Bali, is an active volcano which last erupted in 1963. An orange alert, one level down from the highest red alert, is still in place which means the volcano is still active.