25 Jun '11, 6am

Australia-New Zealand travel off due to Chile ash

SYDNEY - All Australia's major carriers cancelled flights to New Zealand for the entire weekend Saturday as the ash cloud from Chile's Puyehue volcano lingered in the region. Qantas and budget airlines Jetstar and Virgin said services to and within New Zealand were suspended until at least Monday due to the volcanic ash, which grounded hundreds of flights during the week. "Volcanic ash from the eruption of Mt Puyehue Cordon Caulle volcano in Chile continues to cause flight disruptions to the Qantas network," Australia's flag carrier said. "At Qantas safety is our first priority and a number of flights have been cancelled or re-routed to avoid the volcanic ash cloud." As well as blanket cancellations between Australia and New Zealand, Qantas said its Buenos Aires services had been delayed by 24 hours and Johannesburg flights were operating via the west coast city of Perth. ...

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