It could be a long weekend for travellers wanting to get home
after Qantas and its budget subsidiary Jetstar announced all
flights in and out of New Zealand were cancelled this weekend
because of ash from the Chilean volcano.
No international or domestic Qantas or Jetstar flights will
operate from New Zealand airports today or tomorrow, although
Air New Zealand said its standard schedule for all domestic
and international flights would continue as usual.
Queenstown had been badly hit with flights this afternoon
Christchurch, Syndey and Brisbane listed as cancelled on
Queenstown Airport's website.
Qantas said today the volcanic ash from the Mt Puyehue Cordon
Caulle volcano in Chile was still causing flight disruptions
and because safety was the airline's first priority, numerous
flights had been cancelled or rerouted to avoid the ash
No domestic flights in Australia were affected but all
flights to and from New Zealand had been cancelled and in
Australia all flights to and from Johannesburg, South Africa,
were operating through Perth, the airline said.
The airline said it regretted the inconvenience and would
offer full refunds.
Jetstar said it would contact all passengers affected by
Yesterday, Jetstar said the cost of keeping aircraft on the
ground was at least $10 million but it said "safety always
comes before schedule".
Jetstar was also offering refunds or rescheduled travel.