Some Qantas flights still canceled, Air New Zealand flights adjusted, due to Mt Puyehue volcanic ash

By on Jun 13, 2011 in Australia, Lifestyle, Science, Travel, Weather, World Comments

Qantas has resumed some of its flights while Air New Zealand had its flights adjusted, as Chile’s Mt Puyehue volcano eruption continue to emit ashes into the clouds.



Oantas planes at Sydney
International Airport (June 12, 2011)

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According to the latest update at Qantas’ official website on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 3 p.m. (AEST), flights resumed from and to Melbourne starting that day at 1 p.m. (AEST)

However, Qantas said that its flights to and from New Zealand and Tasmania are being suspended for the whole day on Monday, June 13.

With this, the public is being advised to check their latest and real-time “Flight Status” at Qantas.com.au as the airline apologized to stranded passengers for the inconvenience.

Meanwhile, Air New Zealand announced that it is not expecting to cancel all of its domestic and international flights despite Mt Puyehue volcanic ash covering the clouds of the country.

As posted at AirNewZealand.co.nz on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. (NZ time), the airline still continues its flight operations, but made some route adjustments.

Apparently, Air New Zealand said that domestic flights are operating on at maximum of 5,500 meters to avoid the ash cloud, while planes leaving Christchurch and Wellington were given flight route adjustments before crossing the Tasman Sea.

“It would have been far easier to simply cancel flights and it’s taken a lot of effort by our Operations teams to develop alternative flight plans to continue to get passengers to their destinations.” Air New Zealand General Manager Airline Operations and Safety and Chief Pilot, Captain David Morgan was quoted on the report.

“The extra distance involved required the use of 10% more fuel, but has meant customers were able to safely get to where they needed to go.” Morgan added, noting that the airline will not fly through the ash clouds.

As noted at ABC.net.au on Monday, June 13, 2011, around 20,000 Qantas passengers were stranded over the weekend due to the ash cloud brought about by the Mt Puyehue eruption.

On related news, Tiger Airways was said to have it flights still canceled until at least 5:00 p.m. (AEST) and flights from Perth to Melbourne may still be suspended until Wednesday, June 15.

On the other hand, Virgin Airways was the first airline to have resumed their local flights out of Melbourne on Monday morning and as well as flights to Tasmania and New Zealand.



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