Flight ban for P&G employees

Products shipments of Procter & Gamble were not disrupted by the air traffic ban, as the company depends on road and rail freight to ship products. P&G has a manufacturing facility in Timisoara, that produces detergents. The Timisoara unit exports around 60% of its total output estimated at around 100,000 tons per year.

However, the air traffic interruptions have imposed a flight ban for P&G employees, according to Ramona Brad, external relations group leader P&G Romania.

“Our daily connections with the P&G management in Europe suffered the most. Therefore, we resorted to modern video conferencing or conference calls system, that we introduced in Romania twp years ago. And it will remain the best solution until flights are resumed. And that because many of our employees have been left stranded in airports across the globe, and now efforts are made to collect them and take to destinations”, said Ramona Brad (photo).

The company has put off by one week the first test stage at the shampoo and hair care products manufacturing plant in Urlati that is expected to go into operation in June, because several P&G officials in Europe were unable to fly to Romania.

Managers left stranded in airports

Rodica Stere, marketing director of Indesit Romania, the local subsidiary of one of the larget home appliances manufacturer in the world, says the activity of the company has not been hurt by the recent air traffic disruptions, as imports were made via trucks.

“We have attended the International Furniture Fair, that took place in Milan few days ago, and instead of taking the plane back home, we had to use a coach, which caused a minor discomfort”, Stere said.

The managing director of the company, Giuseppe Parma, has been among the passengers left stranded in an airport in Italy for few days.

Tobacco company JTI Romania experienced similar problems, the volcanic ash cloud cancelling the company’s travel plans, said Gilda Lazar (pictured right), corporate affairs director of the company.

“The employees stranded in airports where air traffic is restricted have sought other means to arrive at the destination, or extended their stay. Also, employees from JTI Romania who had to attend certain events in countries where the air traffic is restricted have postponed their flights. As for products shipment, we don’t use air freight to import/export products”, said Lazar.