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Qantas Resumes Most New Zealand Flights Today as Ash Clears

Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN), Australia’s largest carrier, will resume most of its flights to and from New Zealand today as a cloud of volcanic ash that has plagued carriers in the southern hemisphere for three weeks clears.

Flights to Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown will operate as scheduled, while services to Wellington remain suspended, the Sydney-based airline said in a statement on its website yesterday. Air New Zealand Ltd. (AIR) is operating its standard schedule to all domestic and international airports, the Auckland-based carrier said yesterday.

Trans-Tasman flights were canceled yesterday by Qantas and Virgin Australia Group, the nation’s second-biggest carrier, on concern that ash from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic complex in Southern Chile may clog their jet engines. Qantas said yesterday it delayed by 28 hours a scheduled June 25 service from Sydney to Buenos Aires and planned to operate the flight via Papeete, Tahiti.

All other international and domestic Qantas flights are operating as scheduled, Qantas said.

Nine Virgin flights today between Australia and New Zealand were listed as canceled on the airline’s website as of noon in Sydney yesterday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jacob Greber in Sydney at jgreber@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net

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