Incident bulletin 29th September 2017

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This week’s bulletin contains updates about: France, Italy, Greece, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Brazil and Iraq.



Start date:  21st September
Update:      29th September
French Drivers have continued blockading many major roads and fuel depots included roads around Calais since Monday 25 September as a continuation from last week’s 1 day General strike. Mail movement in to and out of France is therefore affected with delays of up to 36 hours. Import into the UK may also experience delays up to 24 hrs.


Start date:  2nd October

According to the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, several unions have announced aviation strikes. Besides a general call for workers in the entire air transport sector, the ground handlers at Milan-Linate and Milan-Malpensa airports are particularly affected. Unless averted, significant flight disruptions are expected.


Start date:  25th September
End date: ongoing

Severe weather with heavy rainfall hit northern Greece, causing landslides, power outages and traffic disruptions due to damaged and blocked roads. Especially affected is the island of Samothraki.

New Zealand

Start date:  18th September
Update :     23rd September

New Zealand Post has advised that operations may be impacted by the rationing of aviation fuel at Auckland Airport while a damaged pipeline is being restored. Domestic and international airlines continue to cancel flights, with long-haul flights facing additional refuelling stopovers in Australia or the Pacific Islands. When refuelling restrictions are lifted, a large backlog of mail items arriving into Auckland is anticipated.


Start date:  25th September
Update :     ongoing

Adverse weather conditions prompted numerous flight cancellations and delays at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Hongqiao Airport (SHA).


Start date:  20th September

There are currently delays with mail into Brazil following reports of widespread industrial action. Though we understand that this has been resolved,  it is highly likely that any mail posted in the last 5-7 days could be in a backlog – and any mail affected may experience at least a 10 day delay from posting to delivery.


Start date:  25th September
End date :   ongoing

Tropical Storm Pilar reached the southwest of Mexico with heavy rain and regional flooding. Particularly affected is the area between Manzanillo in the state of Colima and Culiacan in the state of Sinaloa. According to meteorologists, rain and possible landslides are still to be expected.


Start date:  29th September
End date :   ongoing

The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority announced that all international flights to and from Erbil (EBL) and Sulaymaniyah (ISU) airports will be suspended from 6 p.m. (local time) September 29 until further notice.










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