Volcano spares Hawaii airspace
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.