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Australian flights cancelled for Chilean volcanic ash

06-14-2011 19:12 BJT

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More Australian flights were cancelled on Tuesday because of ash from a Chilean volcano. The country's airlines are scrambling to fly out thousands of passengers who have been stranded in Melbourne for two days.

More than 60-thousand passengers have been stranded by the disruptions, which came amid a three-day holiday weekend in Australia.

It was unclear how many people are still stranded in Melbourne as flights resumed there.

Frustration among passengers is growing over repeatedly delayed and canceled flights.

Traveller said "I just got told... I was on the 6 o'clock flight this morning I got told to go home and then come back at 10 o'clock so I came back at 10 o'clock and now I have been in that line since then."

Traveller said "Every time we go to Europe we are booking in advance hotels, we are spending a lot of money and then all of a sudden all the plans are going down the drain."

Traveller said "Why is one airline flying and the other one is not, ok safety issues come into play but is there more behind the scenes?"

While others are more understanding of the circumstances.

Traveller said "I suppose a national disaster there is not a lot that can be done about it so it is not the airline's fault every just has to be patient and ride it through."

Ash has been spewing from the Cordon Caulle volcano in Chile since June 4.

The drifting plume of ash has moved across the Pacific.

Most flights between Australia and New Zealand remain grounded.

All flights were cancelled at the international airport in Montevideo, Uruguay, and some were grounded in Chile, Paraguay and Brazil.

Since Cordon Caulle's eruption, 4,000 Chileans have been evacuated from the area.

Army troops handed out masks in nearby areas as a precaution in case the ash cloud drifted toward them.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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