All flights back on schedule

Jetstar has followed Qantas' lead and resumed all flights in and out of New Zealand today as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) says the Chilean volcano's ash cloud disruptions may have ended here.

The resumption comes after Qantas and its budget subsidiary Jetstar grounded scores of flights over the past two weeks due to ash from the Chilean volcano Mt Puyehue Cordon Caulle volcano.

Air New Zealand, which mostly kept to its schedule during that time, said its standard schedule for all domestic and international flights was continuing today.

CAA meteorological manager Peter Lechner said the dissipating cloud was moving away from New Zealand and may not return.

Jetstar chief executive David Hall said the airline's decision to keep aircraft on the ground was costly but was based on a commitment to safety.

"The safety of our passengers, our people and our operations is Jetstar's number one priority -- we always put safety before schedule," he said.

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