MISSING MAIL: Postal flight cancelled Wednesday and Thursday, so some of these shelves may be empty before the weekend

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Technical problems have resulted in the cancellation of the postal flight to Longyearbyen on Wednesday and Thursday, meaning many fresh grocery products and other items may be in short supply or unavailable, according to officials.

“This means that we, with only one plane this week, will have some some empty shelves in the store up against the weekend,” a post by Svalbardbutikken on its official Facebook page notes.  “This will especially apply to milk, but also have impact on fruit and vegetables. We are doing what we can to bring up fresh milk products with regular passenger flights Thursday and Friday. Friday we will get fruit and vegetables from Oslo.”

As of Thursday morning, most daily and produce shelves at the store were well-stocked.

The problems further what is already a trouble situation for many locals after Posten Norge recently scaled back the number of mail flights to four times a week and changed their arrival from midday to late afternoon, thus making same-day access to fresh foods, prescription medications and other sometimes urgent items unavailable.

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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