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Further update on volcanic ash plume - as at 1:30pm

15/06/2011
The Virgin Australia Group of Airlines has suspended all services into and out of Perth until 12 noon (AWST) on Thursday 16 June.
 
Virgin Australia Group Executive Sean Donohue said the decision followed on from the airline’s earlier announcement of the suspension of services from 1.00pm (AWST) today. A total of 49 flights to and from Perth will be suspended during this period.
 
Also Pacific Blue, an airline of the Virgin Australia Group of Airlines, has suspended flights to and from Christchurch and Wellington with immediate effect until at least 9.00am (AEST) tomorrow morning due to the ash plume over the South Island of New Zealand. A total of six flights are affected at this time and we will continue to monitor this situation.
 
Group Executive Operations Sean Donohue said the decision to suspend services was made in consultation with the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre and Bureau of Meteorology.
 
“The airline’s Volcanic Ash Management Team, who have been working closely with the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre and Bureau of Meteorology have determined that services should remain suspended until tomorrow,” Mr Donohue said.
 
“We are in the process of advising our Guests and will monitor the situation.
 
 
All flights into and out of Auckland and Hamilton remain unaffected.
 
The Virgin Australia Group of Airlines has also established dedicated counters and teams at major airports to assist Guests whose flights have been disrupted.
 
Our Guest Contact Centre is also making every endeavour to contact Guests prior to leaving for the airport.