12 Jun '11, 1am

Chile ash cloud grounds Australia, NZ fights

SYDNEY: Ash from Chile's volcanic eruptions prompted Australian airline Qantas to ground some domestic flights and travel to and from New Zealand on Sunday, after plumes drifted across the Pacific. Strong winds have carried the ash some 9,400 kilometres (5,800 miles) across the Pacific to New Zealand since the Chile's Puyehue volcano erupted more than a week ago. Qantas Sunday cancelled all flights to and from the southeastern island of Tasmania and services from Sydney and Melbourne to Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington in neighbouring New Zealand, a spokeswoman said. "At this stage it's only for today," she told AFP, adding that so far some 1,500 passengers had been affected. "We're monitoring the situation and working closely with the authorities," she said. The airline is expected to issue an update later Sunday. Australia's Jetstar has also grounded more than 20 ...

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