Month: April 2010

Please find a further update to the Volcanic Eruption notice from our notification on Thursday 22nd April, 2010 affecting European airspace.

Today European Air Traffic Control expects that air traffic will be at normal levels (between 28,000 and 29,000 flights). A small number of cancellations can be expected due to some limited restrictions and the logistical problems of airlines resuming their regular schedules.

Czech Republic: Situation back to normal across the whole Czech airspace – no restrictions.

Finland: Helsinki Airport has been opened for air traffic. According to the current forecast, it is possible to keep the airport open until tomorrow evening. In addition to Helsinki Airport, also Helsinki-Malmi, Lappeenranta, Utti and Kauhava airports have been opened. There are still restrictions for flight traffic at Kuusamo and Kajaani airports.

Norway: Bergen and Stavanger airport (West-Norway) is now closed. All other customs airports open. Domestic flight is more or less as normal, and global flights are slowly starting up. There are still limitations when it comes to booking, backlogs will go first then priority products.

Sweden: Parts of the Swedish airspace is open. The airspace over for instance Arlanda, Bromma, Skavsta and Gothenburg is open. The airspace above Malmo is closed yet again. The airspace above coastal area between Sundsvall and Skelleftea is also closed. It is however, possible to fly over this area.

In addition to the above, some carriers such as Cathay Pacific have imposed an embargo on all European destinations until the 26th April to allow them to clear their backlogs, some others are accepting new bookings but only at higher Express/Market rates.

Source: DHL Global

Please find a further update to the Volcanic Eruption affecting European airspace.

European Air Traffic Control has continued to lift air travel bans imposed after much of Europe’s airspace was closed because of the spread of volcanic ash. The latest update received overnight states that 75% of the total number of flights are expected to take place in Europe today. At the current time, all European airspace is available above 20,000 feet.

Almost all of European airspace below 20,000 feet is available with air traffic control services returning to normal. Although restrictions are still in force in some areas including southern Sweden and Helsinki (Finland). It is anticipated that these restrictions will gradually be lifted throughout the day.

Belgium: Airspace fully open. Operations are gradually resuming. Some airlines are accepting cargo as from tomorrow. Airlines however are prioritising on clearing backlog cargo.

Denmark: Danish airspace is officially open.

Finland: Air traffic suspended again in Southern Finland. Helsinki Airport, Helsinki-Malmi, Lappeenranta, Turku and Utti air traffic restrictions have come into effect at 15:00 (local Finnish time). Air traffic control services are closed until further notice, at least until 21:00 (local Finnish Time). In addition to these, Mariehamn airport is closed until 21:00 (local Finnish time). According to the current forecast, Tampere-Pirkkala and Pori airports will be closed at 21:00 (local Finnish time).

France: Airports are reopening.

Germany: LH has commenced operating intra-European and domestic services and we expect airlines will re-commence long-haul flights.

Ireland: Republic of: Irish airspace and airports are open. The airlines may, however, take a number of days to achieve full operations.

Italy: MXP Airport Milan, has reopened. Rome airport continues to operate as normal.

Norway: All airports are now open. Domestic flights are more or less as normal, and global flights are slowly starting up. There are still limitations when it comes to booking, backlog will go first then Priority products.

Sweden: Swedish airspace is open. Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo are slowly returning to normal.

United Kingdom: The U.K skies are now open. Managing the backlog of both export and import airfreight is the priority and “business as usual” is not expected to resume in the short term.

Some carriers are re-booking cargo and anticipate backlogs to be cleared in a matter of days, whilst others expect it to take longer. Unfortunately there is no overall timescale across all carriers.

Source: DHL Global

We had hoped for some better news today as yesterdays reports showed a weakening of the ash cloud and the reporting of some localised flights beginning to move out. However, the new eruption has now put more ash into the air and we are in for round two.

You may have heard of airports re-opening and flights moving, however this is for some local flights only and are operating against the suggested ‘no fly zone’ set by Eurocontrol. Whilst plenty of airport’s are open, many are operating on severely limited air traffic control. International carriers still on a broad basis cannot get planes into Europe, some airports are open but simply surrounded by closed airspace.

We are exploring alternatives for moving cargo however at this stage they are extremely thin to nil existence. Some cargo is moving via Spain and Greece, though this is mainly perishables, mail and express cargo.

General cargo is currently not being routed via these ports as a viable alternative. The best option for our cargo on the ground, that is built up into units, is to wait for a restriction in that area to lift so we can move out.

Once the skies re-open the priority for most carriers will be perishables, express and mail so general cargo bookings may have to wait a further week or two. In this time the market rate will be expected to skyrocket.

We will advise of any further updates in due course.

Source: Rohlig Logistics

Please find a further update to the Volcanic Eruption notice from our notification on Monday 19th April, 2010 affecting European airspace.

The eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland is still causing disruption to flights across Europe. European Air Traffic Control has moved to ease air travel bans imposed after much of Europe’s airspace was closed because of the spread of volcanic ash.

European Air Traffic Control has maintained flight bans around the following airspace in parts of Europe. This includes Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, parts of France, most of Germany, Ireland, Northern Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland, parts of Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

The airspace in Belgium, Scotland, Italy and Denmark is closed until at least 6.00am (AU time 4.00pm) on Tuesday.

Finland airspace is closed until Tuesday afternoon (AU time Wednesday morning).

France will plan to reopening airspace between Paris and southern French cities and eventually all its other airports from 8.00am (AU time 6.00pm) on Tuesday.

The United Kingdom airspace is closed until 1.00am (AU time 11.00am) on Tuesday. However, airspace covering the Midlands will reopen from 12.00pm, Tuesday (AU time 10.00am, Wednesday) and the southern region will reopen from 6.00pm, Tuesday (AU time 4.00am, Wednesday).

Austria, Estonia and Hungary airports have reopened.

Southern Europe, including Spain, Portugal, Bosnia, Herzegovina, the southern Balkan area, parts of Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and parts of northern Europe (Norway and parts of Sweden) are currently open and flights are taking place in these areas.

The above mentioned reopening times are approximate only and can change without notice depending on the spread of the volcanic ash cloud.

Source: DHL Global

The cloud of volcanic ash, currently drifting over parts of Europe after the recent eruption of Iceland’s volcano, has lead to the suspension of air traffic in the Nordic countries, the United Kingdom and most parts of Northern Europe.

The UK National Air Traffic Services has closed UK airports closed until 7am Monday 19th April as a result of the worsening this volcanic activity.

More than 20 countries have closed their airspace with only 4,000 flights estimated to have flown in Europe over the week end, compared with 24,000 normally.

Airlines Lufthansa, Air France- KLM Group and industry groups are pressing European governments to re-examine an unprecedented closing of the region’s airspace following successful testing flights, without passengers, during the weekend. Nevertheless, some Carriers, including British Airways cancelled all their Monday flights.

Some transport companies are currently coordinating with its European Country offices to route import cargo via alternate airports to move any urgent freight out of the Europe. This may require road transfers down into southern European airports, by-passing the “no fly” zones incurring additional cost. Carriers are also expected to apply premium rates accordingly.

However Carriers operating from those European airports that are still open are being inundated with requests for capacity to all parts of the world.

This disruption and cancellation of flights has affected weekend consolidations to and from most European Countries and as a result freight backlogs have developed. Once fight services resume it is expected further delays may be experienced until such time the Airport backlogs clear.

Australian exports to Europe are similarly affected with week-end consolidations either held at Australian airports or at Airline transfer HUBs, pending flight departure approval.

Source: DHL Global

Due to the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland, flights across northern Europe have been disrupted by a volcanic ash cloud that is drifting south and east from Iceland. Volcanic ash contains tiny particles of glass and pulverized rock which can damage aircraft engines and airframes.

The Countries where their flights to and from are affected include Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom. It’s highly possible that additional Countries will be affected as the volcanic ash continues to spread.

This disruption and cancellation of flights is expected to effect weekend consolidations into and out of these Countries. We expect that once flights again resume there may be a backlog of cargo from those effected airports.

At the time of this notification there is no indication of when flights are expected to resume. However, the European Air Safety Authority has advised the disruption, the largest experienced in the region, could last for at least another two days.

Further to our notices of the 29th and 30th March, we have received notification from Patricks Terminal Port Botany advising that terminal operations will stop on Wednesday 7th April from 6am until 2pm.

The closure is to allow Patricks’ employees to attend the funeral of their work colleague who was fatally injured in a recent workplace accident