Chilean ash cloud returns

Chilean ash cloud returns

Flights are being cancelled from Canberra and Sydney as the ash cloud from Chilean volcano Puyehue-Cordon Caulle causes renewed disruption to flights in Australia.

International flights operating in and out of Sydney are currently under review while domestic flights are being grounded together with those from the Australian capital Canberra and Adelaide. The ash cloud has returned after affecting 100,000 passengers and 700 flights in Australia and New Zealand last week.

Qantas was reported to be saying that it was too dangerous to fly as the ash cloud from the volcano "did another lap of the planet". Some airlines, such as Virgin Australia, flew below and around the ash cloud last week but this time they have been advised against doing so.

Qantas said its policy was not to fly below the ash cloud, because it brought risks that it was simply not prepared to take, the BBC reported.

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