Australia airline Qantas cancels NZ, Tasmania flights for ash plume (2)

12:31, June 14, 2011      

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Tiger Airways has canceled services between Adelaide and Melbourne and Perth and Melbourne, while Virgin is still flying in and out of Adelaide as normal.

Flights in parts of Australia have been in chaos since a volcanic plume from Chile's Puyehue volcano drifted across the Pacific, with experts sent out warnings of more delays ahead.

Rob Walker from Airservices Australia said the backlog of passengers is likely to take several days to work through.

He said the ash cloud is about 8.5 kilometers above southern Australia and is moving east.

"At this stage their predictions are that it won't come any further north than it currently is, we shouldn't see any impacts on New South Wales or the ACT," he told ABC News on Tuesday.

"But unfortunately it looks it is going to be with us for the next few days and something that we're going to have to keep a very close eye on."

The eruption is also causing travel chaos in parts of Argentina and Uruguay, and has also affected flights in the south of Brazil.
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Source: Xinhua
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