Qantas extends Europe flights black-out

SYDNEY, April 18, 2010 (AFP) - Australia's Qantas Airways Sunday said flights to Europe would be cancelled for a third day and warned that chaos caused by a volcanic ash cloud was set to continue.

"Any passenger that is through booked to Europe on Sunday -- their flights are cancelled," a Qantas spokeswoman said. "This is looking like it's going to go on for several days.

"We do not recommend that they go in to Asia and try to wait it out there as it's still uncertain as to when the European air space is going to open."

Qantas estimates at least 9,000 of its passengers have been affected by the freak Icelandic ash cloud, which has paralysed air travel in northern Europe, and has warned the disruption could last a week.

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