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Australia ash flights resume

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22 June 2011 by Luke McCormick

Scheduled flights across Australia are gradually returning to normal after two days of cancellations caused by ash cloud from Chile's volcanic eruption.

Qantas and Virgin Australia flights began taking off from Adelaide on Wednesday morning, with services from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra expected to resume later.

However the ash is heading toward New Zealand, where disruption is expected.

Flights to and from Tasmania had initially escaped disruption, but have now been cancelled until 10am (local time) tomorrow.

Flights to New Zealand will continue to be affected, but Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said it was possible all flight schedules would return to normal by Thursday.

Despite the positive forecast, passengers are still facing significant delays as airlines deal with the backlog and are advised to contact their airlines for updates.

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