The New Zealand MetService has advised that volcanic ash is expected at altitudes above 20,000 ft for parts of the lower South Island from tomorrow morning (Wednesday 29 June).
Air New Zealand expects to operate its normal schedule of flights to and from airports in this region including Invercargill, Queenstown, Dunedin, Timaru and Christchurch.
“With the ongoing presence of ash, Air New Zealand is working closely with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the MetService to identify safe flight paths below or around areas of ash,” says General Manager Airline Operations and Safety and Chief Pilot Captain David Morgan.
Since ash first arrived in New Zealand airspace on Sunday 12 June, Air New Zealand has operated more than 7,700 domestic, Tasman and Pacific Island flights carrying more 460,000 passengers.
The latest information is available for Air New Zealand customers at www.airnewzealand.com or by calling 0800 737 000.