Flights between Singapore, Melbourne affected by volcanic ash

08:35, June 14, 2011      

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The flights of Qantas between Singapore and the Australian city of Melbourne were affected as a result of volcanic ash from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano in Chile on Monday, which in turn affects flights from Singapore to other cities.

The arrival of flight QF9 from Melbourne will be delayed by close to three hours to 12.05a.m. on Tuesday. This, in turn, affects the flight to Heathrow London, which has been re-timed to 1.25a.m. on Tuesday from 11.05p.m. on Monday, local Channel NewsAsia reported.

Qantas said the flight QF10 from Singapore to Melbourne was also diverted to Sydney on Monday morning.

The airline said that passengers from Singapore flying from Australia to New Zealand are not able to travel on Monday, and that New Zealand and Tasmania services remain canceled for the full day.

A decision on Tuesday's services is yet to be made, the company said, adding that its policy is no operation if there is any sign of ash cloud around.

Flights from other carriers have also been affected, including a Jetstar Airways flight from Melbourne and a Jetstar Asia Airways flight from Auckland.

Volcanic ash plume from Chile has made its way across the Atlantic and Indian oceans, bringing chaos to air travel across Australia. The eruption is also causing travel chaos in parts of Argentina and Uruguay, and has also affected flights in the south of Brazil.

Source: Xinhua
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