Vol­cano spares Hawaii airspace

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ASH plumes ejected from Hawaii’s erupt­ing Ki­lauea vol­cano have failed to threaten lo­cal airspace, de­spite the US Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey rais­ing its alert level to red yes­ter­day.

Ma­jor car­ri­ers have con­firmed flights are oper­at­ing as nor­mal, in­clud­ing in­ter-is­land ser­vices to air­ports on the Big Is­land.

Hawai­ian Air­lines said its op­er­a­tions team was mon­i­tor­ing de­vel­op­ments, along with Hawai­ian state of­fi­cials.

“We have been re­mind­ing our guests and in­dus­try friends that all is­lands re­main safe for travel,” the car­rier said in a state­ment.

“The ash­fall has been lo­calised to the vol­cano sum­mit, far from air­ports,” it said.

“Our en­tire is­land chain re­mains safe and our flights are oper­at­ing nor­mally and travel de­mand to Hawaii re­mains strong.”

United Air­lines said its flights were con­tin­u­ing as nor­mal, though it had waiver poli­cies in place for cus­tomers trav­el­ling through Hilo and Kailua-Kona.

Jet­star flights are also con­tin­u­ing as sched­uled.

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