Australia airline Qantas cancels NZ, Tasmania flights for ash plume

12:31, June 14, 2011      

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Australian airline passengers face a third day of delays, with dozens of flights continued to be grounded on Tuesday due to the ash plume from a Chilean volcano.

Qantas has canceled the entire Tuesday's flights to and from New Zealand and Tasmania due to the volcanic cloud over parts of Australia.

The airline updated information to passengers on Tuesday, saying conditions from the volcanic plume meant it would not risk traveling on Tuesday out of New Zealand or Tasmania.

"Obviously the worst consequences getting into an aircraft engine is that flight safety is compromised because the engine fails or there is a range of other things that can result," Qantas spokesman Tom Woodward said in a statement on Tuesday.

"We have a safety-first approach we don't apologize for but we obviously regret the inconvenience and understand people's frustration."

Jetstar has also canceled Tasmania and New Zealand services, but said Tuesday night's Auckland (of New Zealand) flights are under review.

Meanwhile, hundreds of passengers are also stranded at Adelaide airport in South Australia after their flights were canceled.

Qantas has canceled all flights to and from Adelaide until 1pm (AEST). After 1pm, the airline said flights into and out of Adelaide will be reviewed.
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Source: Xinhua
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