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Chilean volcanic ash forces flight cancellations in Brazil

06-14-2011 14:16 BJT

BRASILIA, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Up to 60 international flights were canceled in Brazil Monday due to clouds of ash which were caused by a volcano eruption in Chile and were affecting much of the South America, authorities said.

Airport operator Infraero said Brazilian airlines TAM and Gol had canceled all flights to and from other countries in South American's southern cone for safety reasons, while foreign airlines Aerolineas Argentinas and Pluna also reported cancellations.

Most of the cancellations took place at the international airports in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

The ash clouds were now above Argentina and Uruguay and was drifting toward Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul bordering Uruguay, the Brazilian Air Force said.

The clouds was expected to remain over Buenos Aires at least until Tuesday, Argentine authorities said.

Hundreds of flights have been canceled across South America since Chile's Puyehue Volcano erupted on June 4 for the first time in 51 years, causing chaos at regional airports and stranding thousands of passengers.

The volcanic ash also led to flight cancellations in Australia and New Zealand since last weekend.

 

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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