Monday, June 13, 2011

The ash cloud from the volcano in Chile caused cancellations in Australia

The arrival in Australia of the ash cloud produced by the eruption of Puyehue-Cordón Chilean Caulle land now left thousands of passengers affected by canceled flights in the region. Australian airline Qantas and Jetstar announced the temporary suspension of flights between Melbourne and the island of Tasmania, and the connection between Sydney and Gold Coast.

Moreover, the two airlines canceled flights from Australia to New Zealand and vice versa, while Jetstar, said in a statement that the move was also for its domestic flights in New Zealand and those bound for Fiji in the Pacific. The ash cloud from the volcano Puyehue-Cordón Caulle has been dragged by strong winds over 9,400 miles to ocean the two countries.

"At the moment there are about 1,500 Qantas passengers affected by these cancellations," he told reporters the airline spokeswoman, Olivia Wirth. The spokesman said Qantas is monitoring the ash cloud to take appropriate measures at all times. For their part, companies Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia indicated that they kept unchanged its regional flight schedule, but since yesterday the planes of the two lines are instructed to fly at lower altitudes to avoid the ash.

According to the Observatory of volcanic ash clouds are located in the South Island of New Zealand and moved to the north. The spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand, Bill Sommer said Saturday that the planes will have to change its flight altitude to avoid the ash. Sommer explained that the ash is expected to be between 20,000 and 30,000 feet, the flight level of the majority of civil aviation, and for several days affect air traffic in the South Island and Christchurch City with Australia and South America.

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