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Österreichische Post AG prepared for rise in mail item volume in pre-Christmas season

Pressemeldung from 18.11.2002

“Extra shifts” for mail delivery
Changed opening hours around the holidays

Given the expected high volume of mail items, Österreichische Post AG will deliver letters and parcels also on Saturdays during the pre-Christmas season.

“Extra shifts” for parcel and letter delivery
From 23 November 2002, Österreichische Post AG also delivers parcels on Saturdays, given adequate demand. At post offices open on 14 and 21 December (Saturdays), you can also collect parcels deposited at the counter on these days.
As for Christmas letters, too, Österreichische Post AG’s delivery staff, will work “extra shifts”. On 21 and 28 December 2002 (Saturdays), letters will be delivered as on any normal workday, given adequate volumes, but no financial transactions will be performed. On 24 and 31 December, delivery will be the same as on any other workday. Financial transactions will be excepted on these days, too. 

Remember to post your mail in time before Christmas
For letters and parcels destined for addressees within Austria, Österreichische Post AG recommends posting by not later than 19 December 2002 to ensure timely delivery.
Parcels sent to destinations abroad should generally be posted well in advance, especially if their destinations are countries outside the European Union.

  • Standard parcels inside Europe until the end of November
  • “Fast parcel” service within Europe until 6 December, outside Europe until the beginning of December.

What has been said above holds also for letter-post items sent abroad. In this case, Österreichische Post AG recommends minding the following dates for posting:

  • Priority service within Europe until 17 December, outside Europe until 10 December.
  • Non-Priority service within Europe until 10 December, outside Europe until the beginning of December.

EMS - when speedy delivery is essential
Österreichische Post AG’s Express Mail Services (EMS) ensures your Christmas present will arrive in time at destinations within Austria even if posted as late as 23 December.

Labeling and packaging
Easy-to-read and complete labeling as well as stable packaging help Österreichische Post AG getting seasons greetings and presents forwarded seamlessly and delivered in time.
A sticker reading “Christmas present, please do not open before Christmas Eve!“ will be available for free at all post offices.

Post office opening hours at Christmas and New Year’s Eve
Around the Christmas holidays, Österreichische Post AG’s branch offices have different opening hours. On 24 December, most post offices will be open until 12:00 noon, on 31 December, until 11:00 a.m.
The following post offices will be open even longer on 24 and 31 December:

1010 Wien 0:00 a.m.- 12:00 midnight
1090 Wien 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
1103 Wien 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
1150  Wien 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. 
1300 Wien Flughafen 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
3100 St: Pölten 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
4020 Linz 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.   (on 24 December 2002)
4020 Linz 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.   (on 31 December 2002)
5010 Salzburg 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  
5020 Salzburg 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
6010 Innsbruck 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  
6020 Innsbruck 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
7000 Eisenstadt 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  
8020 Graz 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.  
9020 Klagenfurt 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  

The cashpoints in the post offices listed above will be open until 12:00 noon on 24 December, and until 11:00 a.m. on 31 December.


For more information please contact:

Österreichische Post AG
Company communication
Press section/ PR
Michael Homola
Tel.: +43 (1) 515 51 - 32010
Vienna, 18 November 2002