Virgin Australia Suspends Adelaide and Mildura Services
The Virgin Australia Group of Airlines will suspend all services into and out of Adelaide and Mildura on Tuesday, 21 June 2011, because of the return of a volcanic ash plume from Chilean volcano, Cordon Caulle.
Group Executive Operations, Sean Donohue, said the latest advice from the Bureau of Meteorology and the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre necessitates the suspension flights to the cities until further notice.
“The current forecast suggests the ash plume will be below 20,000 feet over Adelaide and Mildura tomorrow. With this in mind we are suspending these services tomorrow,” Mr Donohue said.
Mr Donohue said the Group’s Volcanic Ash Management Team has continuously monitored the situation since the first impacts on flights more than a week ago.
“Our Volcanic Ash Management Team has been in regular contact with the Bureau of Meteorology and the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in order to ensure the safety evaluations we make regarding our fleet operations are made on the most accurate and up to the minute data available,” he said.
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