Volcanic ash cloud in Australia promises more flight disruptions

13 Jun 2011

Flights in Australia and New Zealand may continue to be disrupted as a second volcanic ash cloud from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano in Chile could drift across over the next two days.

This announcement comes after Qantas resumed some flights to Melbourne earlier today. However flights “to and from New Zealand and Tasmania remain suspended for the duration of Monday, June 13”, including long-haul flights, according to the carrier’s website. Qantas’ subsidiary, Jetstar, has also resumed services in and out of Melbourne and nearby Avalon, but long flights between Auckland and Singapore and “all remaining Tasmanian, New Zealand domestic and trans-Tasman services for today are also cancelled.”

Both Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand continue to operate flights as normal by either flying at a low altitude or adjusting routes.

Volcanic ash clouds started to waft over the south of Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand yesterday (June 12), grounding hundreds of flights in and out of that region. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin expected the ash cloud currently over Victoria and Tasmania to remain for the next 12 to 36 hours.

For status updates, please check the website of your relevant carrier.

Alisha Haridasani

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