23 Jun '11, 8am

Australia-New Zealand flights hit by ash: SYDNEY - Australian airlines grounded flights to and from New Zealand

SYDNEY - Australian airlines grounded flights to and from New Zealand Thursday due to the Chilean ash cloud, although Air New Zealand operated as normal. All Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin services across the Tasman were cancelled all day, despite earlier hopes that they might resume. Services to the southern island state of Tasmania were also hit, although some routes began again at 5:00 pm (0700 GMT) as the plume blew out to sea. All other domestic flights operated as airlines worked to clear a backlog of passengers following prolonged disruptions caused by lingering ash from the Puyehue volcano eruption on June 4. While Australian carriers have taken a conservative approach to the dangers, Air New Zealand has maintained services by flying under the ash cloud, and said its routes continued to operate as normal on Thursday. Meteorologist Sally Cutter, from the National Volcan...

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