12 Jun '11, 9am

Chilean volcanic ash disrupts Australia-NZ flights

Chilean volcanic ash disrupts Australia-NZ flights

SYDNEY - Ash from Chile's volcanic eruptions prompted Australian airlines to ground some domestic services and flights to New Zealand Sunday, stranding thousands of people after plumes drifted across the Pacific. Strong winds have carried the ash clouds some 9,400 kilometres across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand since Chile's Puyehue volcano erupted more than a week ago, and they are now entering Australian airspace. National carrier Qantas cancelled all flights to and from the southeastern island of Tasmania and all flights to and from Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington in neighbouring New Zealand. It later extended the groundings to all flights to and from the southern Australian city of Melbourne and those to and from New Zealand's Auckland from 6.00pm (0800 GMT) Sunday, affecting around 8,000 passengers in total. No intercontinental flights were immediately hit ...

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