Rocky Airport – business as usual

11.55am: IT was business as usual at Rockhampton Airport this morning despite hundreds of passengers turning up to Brisbane Airport only to be told they wouldn’t be going anywhere.

The volcanic ash cloud that closed airports in southern Australia and New Zealand played havoc with Brisbane travellers.But in Rockhampton, one staff member of a car rental company at the airport reported several flights had arrived early.

Only one Qantas flight from Brisbane was delayed, but that was due to early morning fog.

Qantas has cancelled all flights in and out of Tasmania and New Zealand for the rest of today due to the danger posed by the ash cloud.

And all flights in and out of Melbourne have been cancelled until midday, a spokesman for the airline said.

The spokesman told AAP more than 10,000 passengers had been affected by the flight cancellations on Sunday and Monday morning, a number that is now expected to increase.

He said passengers should check the Qantas website for further information on their flights.



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