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Mass cancellations as ash cloud grows

Sumary of Mass cancellations as ash cloud grows:

  • Airlines have been forced to cancel dozens of flights after the ash cloud from Tonga’s volcano spreads across the Pacific.
  • A massive volcanic eruption in Tonga that triggered tsunami waves around the Pacific is also causing travel chaos as the ash cloud continues to spread.
  • In a statement, Fiji Airways announced it had cancelled flights “due to hazardous operating conditions as a result of the ash cloud from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcanic eruption”.
  • “The decision follows extensive operational assessments (on January 16) after receiving updates from authorities in the region on the movement of the volcanic ash cloud,” the airline added.
  • Both Australia and New Zealand’s air force have sent reconnaissance flights this morning to assess the damage.

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