Volcanic ash continue to force more flight cancellations in Australia

13:03, June 13, 2011      

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Volcanic ash plume from Chile, which has made its way across the Atlantic and Indian oceans, on Monday continued to brought chaos to air travel across Australia.

Virgin resumed flights in and out of Melbourne, Tasmania and New Zealand on Monday morning, but all Qantas planes remained grounded until further notice.

Jetstar has canceled 64 international and domestic flights on Monday. The cancellations affect flights to and from New Zealand, Tasmania and Melbourne.

Tiger Airways has suspended all domestic flights until 11.30am (AEST) on Monday, a statement on the airline's website said.

Airlines are waiting for more information from weather bureaus and the Australian Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin of Northern Territory to see whether further cancellations are necessary, and are recommending passengers check the status of their flights online before arriving at the airport.

Virgin spokeswoman Melissa Thomson early on Monday morning said the airline believed it was safe to resume flights around or under the ash cloud.

"We decided to resume services based on information that we received from the Bureau of Meteorology and also the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center," she was quoted by ABC News.
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Source: Xinhua
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