Monday, May 04, 2020

Postal services hit globally by air capacity shortage: IATA, UPU

Mumbai: With drastic reduction in flights across the world, air capacity for postal services is currently insufficient, warned International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) urging governments to do more to support the movement of mail by air during the COVID-19 crisis.

"Owing to the drastic 95% reduction in passenger flights, which are typically used to transport mail, and a 25-30% increase in demand for e-commerce as customers and businesses resort to online purchasing in response to social distancing restrictions, postal administrations are facing a challenge in sending and delivering international mail, in particular, cross-continental mail," said a press release issued by IATA on Monday.

The two bodies called on governments to facilitate the flexibility that airlines need to meet this critical demand by removing border blockages to ensure trade flows continue, avoiding unnecessary regulations and fast tracking the issuance of permits for chartered operations. Additionally, ensuring adequately trained staff are available to process and clear the mail upon arrival is essential, it added.

In India currently, all international and domestic passenger flights are banned till May 17 midnight. However repatriation flights and cargo flights within and outside the country hasn’t been banned to ensure the supply of essentials and other necessities like postal services.
04/05/20 Manju V/Times of India
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