Lufthansa Cargo Update on Strike by Cabin Crew Union UFO

November 10, 2015 – The cabin crew union “Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation” (UFO) has announced further strike actions until Friday, November 13th. The strike actions shall hit all flights of Lufthansa Passenger Airlines between Wednesday and Friday. Lufthansa will cancel 930 flights on Wednesday. An updated flight schedule is available at...

Brazil Truck Strike, Now In 2nd Day, Concentrated In South

Independent truckers in Brazil protesting against the federal government entered the second day of their strike on Tuesday, but roadblocks have eased and are mostly concentrated in the south. There were protests in seven states, federal highway police said in a bulletin, down from 11 on Monday. Truckers were blocking...

Backlogs Form As Asia Air Freight Spike Exceeds Capacity

A spike in air freight volumes and restrictions on capacity to and from China has led to backlogs at some Asian airports. Reports this week stated that air freight demand from Asia to the Americas and Europe had grown substantially in the last few weeks and that capacity was struggling...

Ten-Day Dockworkers’ Strike To Hit Three Portuguese Ports

Dockworkers in the Portuguese ports of Lisbon, Setubal and Figueira da Foz will go on a 10-day strike starting November 14 to protest at a potential end of collective bargaining agreements, the stevedores union said in a statement. The ports to be affected by the strike are the third, fourth...

Port Metro Vancouver CEO Says Drayage Conditions Improving Despite Tension

Renewed flare-ups of drayage driver discontent at Port Metro Vancouver have revived concerns that trucker disruption could return to the port despite moves taken to quell unrest. The British Columbia provincial government has said that six trucking companies have failed to follow drayage wages set by the Container Trucking Commission...

IATA designates MIA as pharma hub

November 04, 2015: IATA has designated Miami International Airport as the first pharmaceuticals (pharma) freight hub in the U.S. and only the second in the world. MIA has been recognized for organizing its pharma logistics providers to undergo IATA’s Pharma Certification Program, which certifies that pharma products are transported in...

Delays of 10 days reported at Panama Canal

Ocean carriers are canceling services and telling some shippers they can expect weeklong delays due to considerable and unexplained congestion through the Panama Canal. Various reports have cited adverse weather conditions and repairs to existing locks as explanations for the delays. The Panama Canal Authority, however, did not respond to multiple...

Additional 48 Hours of Strike in Greece November 4-6, 2015

Striking Seamen’s Union in Greece announced they are extending their 48 hour strike for an additional two days from 6:00 local time Wednesday to 06:00 local time Friday. The strike is affecting local ferries, pilots and towage services. Vessels are unable to berth or depart from any Greek port. 

Volcanic Eruption Closes Indonesia’s Denpasar Airport

An eruption by the Gunung Rinjani volcano on nearby Lombok Island has forced a temporary closure of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, disrupting hundreds of flights from across the region and Australia. The volcano, situated some 40 miles south of Bali, began erupting on Nov.1, sending an ash plume up...