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Incident bulletin 17th March 2017

This week’s bulletin contains updates about: Italy, France, Finland, Germany, Portugal, Cyprus, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Peru and India.

Italy

Start date: 20th March
End date: 21st March

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport informs about a 24-hour nationwide aviation strike. Unless averted, significant flight disruptions are expected.

France

Start date: 18th March
End date: 20th March

Two unions representing nearly half of Air France’s flight attendants have called for a three-day strike from 18 to 20 March.

Finland

Start date: 17th March
End date: 25th March

The ground services strike at Helsinki Airport in Finland that started last week will continue this coming Friday, March 17, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time. According to Posti Ltd., the strike will cause delays in handling of airmail, for both inbound and outbound volumes.

Future strike warnings:
Wednesday, 22 March from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, 23 March from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 24 March from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Germany

Start date: 13th March
End date: 15th March

According to media reports, ground staff at the Berlin airports Tegel (TXL) and Schönefeld (SXF) has extended their strike action by another 24 hours.

Portugal

Start date: 18th March
End date: 15th April

The National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC) has given strike notice from 18 March to 18 April.

Cyprus

Start date: 17th March
End date: 20th March

Delays in the transmission and receipt of dispatches are to be expected as a result of maintenance works at the Government Internet Node. In addition, Cyprus Post will be unable to exchange EDI messages or to access the Global Customer Service System (GCSS) from 12.00 noon on Friday, 17 March 2017 until the morning of Monday, 20 March 2017.

USA

Start date: 14th March
End date: ongoing

Major snowstorm has been severely impacting postal operations in the Mid-Atlantic and North-Eastern areas of the United States since Tuesday, 14 March 2017.

The bad weather has resulted in thousands of flight cancellations and delays and road closures, and is leading to problems with mail transportation and inbound and outbound processing operations at the New York JFK ISC.

Start date: 31st March
End date: 12th June

Over the next four months, one of the runways at San Francisco International Airport will be shut down during several weekends for a major maintenance project. The closures are scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday through noon the following Monday on the weekends of: March 31, April 7, 21 and 28, May 5, 12 and 19, June 2 and 9. During this period, some flight delays are anticipated.

Canada

Start date: 15th March
End date: ongoing

Canada Post reports on current weather-related delivery disruptions: suspension of mail delivery in the entire province of Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador (Gander); also delivery disruptions at New Brunswick (Edmunston).

Australia

Start date: 14th March
End date: ongoing

Weather warnings have been issued across Northern New South Wales (postcodes 2484, 2429, 2780, 2480, 2602, 2611, 2605, 2606, 2204, 2902, 2612, 2914, 2913, 2614, 2615, 2480, 2481, 2482, 2484). Heavy rainfall is forecast, leading to flash flooding and unpredictable levels in floodways and river crossings. This will affect the collection and delivery of all mail products.

Nya Zealand

Start date: 12th March
End date: ongoing

Following sustained heavy rainfall in parts of the North Island, parts of Auckland experienced flash-flooding during a severe storm, causing power outages and traffic disruptions due to road closures. Also, State Highway 1 near Kaikoura (South Island) remains blocked by floodwater.

Peru

Start date: 13th March
End date: ongoing

Heavy rain has caused flooding and landslides in 711 districts of Peru; the northern coast is particularly affected. Further torrential rain is predicted for the coming days.

India

Start date: 16th March
End date: 16th March

The Indian Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers (CCGEW) has called on one-day strike to take place on 16 March; postal employees want to participate in the strike.

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