24 Jun '11, 9am

Ash cloud grounds Aussie-NZ flights

SYDNEY: Australian airlines said Friday services to New Zealand would remain grounded for at least another 24 hours, as the ash cloud produced by a volcano in Chile lingered over the region. All services across the Tasman Sea operated by Qantas and its budget offshoot Jetstar were cancelled for Saturday with the airlines deciding the ash plumes from the Puyehue volcano still made travel too risky. Virgin said its trans-Tasman flights were cancelled until at least Sunday. "We continue to assess the situation and will provide further updates on any changes to New Zealand's schedule as soon as possible," Jetstar said in a statement. Flights in Australia and New Zealand have been troubled for two weeks by the ash clouds, which were spewed by volcanic eruptions on June 4 and have now travelled around the world twice. Airlines have cancelled hundreds of flights, delaying hundred...

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