The word of the week was “spew,” as in the Eyjafjallajokull volcano is spewing ash in the atmosphere. For the past several days, the world was transfixed by the geological activities happening in Iceland that forced most of Europe to close its airspace. Fortunately, flight restrictions have been lifted and companies like UPS are able to resume flights into and out of Europe.
As we’ve seen with earthquakes, hurricanes and now volcanoes, natural disasters create challenges for transportation networks. At UPS, we relied on our extensive ground network in Europe and some clever contingency plans to keep a large amount of package volume moving. Like re-routing shipments from Asia that were destined for our Cologne hub to Turkey instead.
But it is inevitable that a backlog of shipments occurred. Package pick-up service for all UPS services in Europe will take place today. And while we’re working hard to deliver the remaining packages in our facilities, some express shipments may still experience delays. For the latest details on shipping to and from Europe, see our service update at ups.com.