Ash Plumes Dissipate—Flights to Return to Normal Today

Media Release


01 June 2014

Two ash plumes affecting Australian airspace following the eruption of Sangeang Api in Indonesia on 30 May have continued to dissipate overnight, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said this morning.

Airservices Australia is continuing to monitor the situation, however, flights in and out of Darwin are expected to resume this afternoon as the plume there disperses.

Passengers are advised to contact their airlines for further information.

Meanwhile, all flights heading through northern Australia to overseas destinations will continue to avoid the area until this afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology's Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) continues to keep airlines, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and Airservices Australia updated with detailed information on the volcanic ash cloud.

The ash plume that may have affected flights into and out of Cairns and Townsville today has dispersed and will not affect flights. Brisbane flights will also be unaffected.

Airservices Australia's National Operations Centre is working with airlines to minimise disruption for the travelling public and provide them with the latest information throughout the day.

Decisions on whether or not flights will operate will be made by individual airlines and operators based on a careful assessment of all available information.

Mr Truss thanked staff at Airservices Australia, CASA and Bureau of Meteorology's VAAC for their efforts over the last two days, as well as the patience of the travelling public for their understanding throughout this event.