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Chilean ash cloud carries chaos to Australia


Chilean ash cloud carries chaos to Australia

Once again volcanic ash has grounded planes in Australia, causing cancellations to domestic and international flights. National carrier Qantas has stopped all flights from major cities including Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney.

All the disruption is due to eruptions from Cordon Caulle volcano in Chile. Last week, tens of thousands of travellers were affected, as flights were halted in Australia and New Zealand. Many do not know if they will be flying today.

“We’re supposed to be going to Munich via Singapore today and at this stage we don’t know when we’re going to be able to get on a flight at all,” said one stranded passenger.

An English businessman was understanding about the precautions being taken, saying “it’s frustrating that it’s taken so long, but it’s better to be safe than sorry I think.”

This is the second time this month the ash cloud has floated from Chile’s usually dormant volcanos. The fine particles released after an eruption can cause damage to jet engines, and Argentina has also cancelled some flights. Experts say the disruption could interfere with air travel for months.