15 Jun '11, 1am

Chile ash disruption spreads west in Australia

SYDNEY: Travel chaos from the Chile ash cloud spread to Western Australia on Wednesday with Virgin Australia suspending flights into and out of Perth and Qantas set to follow suit. But as the fallout from the eruption of the Puyehue volcano, high in the Andes, entered a fourth day, there was better news for passengers flying to and from Adelaide, with Qantas, Jetstar and Tiger resuming services. But Qantas again cancelled all flights to New Zealand and the southern island of Tasmania, as well as the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires. Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre forecaster Graham Weston told ABC radio that cold air from the south of Western Australia was pushing the ash towards Perth. "It is drawing up some of that ash we do have in the Southern Ocean towards the south-west of the continent," he said. "But what we hope to see when we get some more imagery is to see how it's...

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