The scale of the logistical task facing airlines this morning is enough to make you shudder. Without exception everyone I’ve talked to about the disruption caused by the ash cloud has friends or relatives stuck abroad, trying to make their way home however they can. 95,000 flights were cancelled while airspace over the UK was closed.
But as we report today
, it’s by no means only passengers that are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Supply chains have been disrupted, with perishable foods, flowers, pharmaceutical products and high-tech components most at risk of not arriving where they’re needed.
The Financial Times
today, too, highlights the knock-on effect of the last six days on the logistics industry. “Everything will be out of rotation. I think the whole thing will be out of whack for two to three weeks,” Bruno Sidler, chief operating officer at Ceva Logistics, told the newspaper.
We want to hear your stories, possibly for inclusion in the next issue of SM which goes to press tomorrow. What’s happened to your supply chain? Are you anxiously awaiting a delayed consignment of something important? Have you or a colleague been stuck somewhere unlikely, or made your way home by some unusual means? Are you still stranded abroad as you read this?
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