Australian flights disrupted by ash cloud again

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 22, 2011 12:22 PM
Australian flights disrupted by ash cloud again

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An ash cloud from a volcano in Chile wreaked havoc on Australian flights again on Tuesday, with Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia cancelling domestic flights in and out of Sydney and other key cities from Tuesday afternoon.

International flights were mostly operating but some flights were being diverted, delayed or canceled, Qantas said.

Qantas diverted flights from Johannesburg and Singapore to Brisbane, and delayed two flights due from Los Angeles, and canceled six flights between Australia and New Zealand, the airline said, while Sydney Airport said flights to Honolulu and Bali had also been canceled.

Qantas also moved forward two flights to London and one to Frankfurt to get them out before 3 pm (1 a.m. ET), another spokesman said.

Qantas and Virgin Australia canceled all flights to and from Adelaide all day on Tuesday, while both airlines stopped flights to and from Canberra from around midday.

Virgin said it was suspending all services out of Melbourne from 4 pm, while Qantas canceled flights between Perth and Melbourne.

(Reporting by Sonali Paul; Editing by Ed Davies and Balazs Koranyi)