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SANZAR resolves volcano flight issues

16/06/2011 10:57:56 AM Comments (0)

SANZAR have resolved flight issues caused by the ash cloud from a volcano in Chile which had threatened to disrupt the final round of the Super Rugby season.

The cancellation of flights in Australia and New Zealand since last Sunday put the travel arrangements of four teams in doubt - the Crusaders, Highlanders, Queensland and Western Force.

But SANZAR have come up with alternative arrangements.

In New Zealand, the Highlanders, who face the Blues on Friday, will travel on a charter flight to Auckland on Thursday afternoon.

The Crusaders meanwhile will travel to Wellington for Saturday's fixture against the Hurricanes on a private jet on Friday morning.

Due to the limited seats on the flight, members of the Crusaders support staff will travel with the team equipment by ferry from Picton to Wellington.

In Australia, Super Rugby leaders Queensland departed for Auckland on Thursday morning en-route to Hamilton for their match against the Chiefs on Saturday.

The Western Force are booked on a flight that is due to leave Perth for Melbourne on Thursday morning.

The Force play the Melbourne Rebels on Friday night.

"We are relieved at this stage to have resolved these issues," said SANZAR CEO Greg Peters.

"Obviously until all teams are where they need to be for this weekend's games we will continue to monitor the situation".

"This has been the second major disruption to Super Rugby after the Christchurch quake earlier this year and it has again provided us with a big challenge as we were dealing with matters beyond our control.

"Thanks to the efforts of our travel partners and the affected teams we have been able to resolve the matter and look forward to a full program of fixtures this weekend," Peters said.

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