Chilean ash cloud disrupts flights across Australia and NZ for third day

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on June 14, 2011

Buenos Aires’ airports continued to be closed again and Qantas Airways says that it will have to pare Australia flights for the fourth day running as volcanic ash from a Chilean range of volcanoes continues to disrupt Southern Hemisphere travel.

Flights to and from the Ezeiza and Aeroparque international hubs had to be cancelled after authorities reversed their plans to reopen the airports last night, affecting all travel to cities that include the likes of Paris, Houston, and Sao Paulo, in addition to Atlanta and Miami. Qantas had to scrap all flights to cities in New Zealand, as well as the Australian island-state of Tasmania, scheduled for tomorrow morning, extending its shutdown.

Conditions aren’t improving, told Melina Calvo, a spokeswoman from Aeropuertos Argentina 2000. It seems to me that that the problems might expand to other nearby countries like Uruguay, she continued.

Air traffic across Argentina might take a week to get back to normal, Calvo said, with carriers including LAN and American Airlines having to ground planes due to concerns that volcanic ash might clog jet engines. Services had to be disrupted following an eruption on the 4th of June at Puyehue-Cordon Caulle’s volcanic complex, southern Chile. Flights might resume in Argentina sooner than they do in Uruguay, according to an official government statement out of Buenos Aires, the Argentinean capital.

At Montevideo International, the main airport in Uruguay, it is estimated that at least 400 flights have had to be delayed thus far and that 15,000 passengers have had their travel plans affected as a result.

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post: South Amerian hubs open once again

Next post: Qantas cuts growth forecast with more flights harmed by ash