Tuesday, June 21, 2011

International Air Freight Not Badly Affected by Chilean Ash Cloud Disruption

UPS Flies Despite Southern Hemisphere Being Encircled by Fumes
Shipping News Feature

SOUTH AMERICA / AUSTRALIA / – The eruption of Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano may have disrupted air passenger services across the Southern hemisphere, with the resultant ash cloud continuing what is now its second circumnavigation of the globe, but air freight throughout the region has experienced only minor difficulties according to UPS.

Speaking to the Handy Shipping Guide spokesperson Mike Mangeot said:

“The Chilean volcano has not caused any issues in the UPS Asia-Pacific network. We have, however, experienced minor service disruptions in South America. We continue to monitor the situation and will move the volume as soon as it is safe to do so.”

He added that UPS customers could monitor developments on the company website.

However, Australian operations that utilise space on their commercial aircraft have experienced delays. Both Qantas and Virgin Australia have cancelled flights into Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania and Canberra, the second time in a week after six days of disruption last week from the clouds first trip over Oceania.

The Australian Airservices organisation, which advises the country’s air traffic control centres, states that:

“Airservices and meteorologists are closely monitoring a new ash cloud with the potential to seriously impact air travel in much of south-east Australia in the next 12-48 hours. A large number of flights are expected to be disrupted over the coming days.”

(pic: Meteorologists discuss the movement of the volcanic ash cloud over southern Australia.)