Release Date: 21 April 2010
Release ID: 4648
TNT yesterday resumed flights to and from Hong Kong, Shanghai, and New York JFK. TNT also resumed international and domestic flights in Europe. The company operated more than 90 flights over the last 24 hours and 22 aircraft connected last night through its air hub in Liege, Belgium.
TNT is hoping to return to a normal schedule by the end of this week, pending remaining air traffic restrictions over some parts of north-western Europe, including Finland, Denmark, Ireland, and Sweden. TNT will continue to truck air shipments to and from European destinations that cannot yet be reached by plane.
TNT Express put contingency plans in place on Thursday 15 April to mitigate the effects of flights ban caused by a cloud of volcanic ash. For shipments using TNTís express air services, the company set up separate road line-hauls (using trucks and vans) through its air hub in Liege to expedite Express shipments. Time-sensitive materials, such as pharmaceutical goods, received priority treatment. In addition, TNT continued to transport freight to/from the UK, thanks to a priority agreement with Eurotunnel. TNTís regular road service and additional contingency plans allowed to minimise backlogs and delivery delays in Europe.
Economy Express shipments within Europe have continued to move through TNTís normal road network routes in 39 countries and have not been affected.
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