17 Jun '11, 3am

Flights resume as ash moves off New Zealand: SYDNEY: Flights between Australia and New Zealand were returning to...

SYDNEY: Flights between Australia and New Zealand were returning to normal Friday after an ash cloud spewed by a Chilean volcano moved away, almost a week after causing trans-Tasman havoc. Australia's Qantas, which had banned all flights to New Zealand since Sunday, said it had resumed services to and from Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown but Christchurch routes remained suspended until 0600 GMT. "Qantas will continue to monitor the movement of the ash cloud and assess its impact on flight operations," the airline, which resumed all domestic services on Thursday, said in a statement. Qantas offshoot Jetstar has also restarted New Zealand flights, along with Virgin Australia as the cloud moves away from New Zealand airspace. Air New Zealand, which had operated some trans-Tasman services by flying under and around the plumes, said Friday it was now operating to all of its...

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