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Mid-afternoon closing of overseas air mails at Auckland, which came into operation last week, has brought a marked improvement in the service for ' the business community. Instead of closing at noon, the mails are now ■open until 2.30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdaj r s and Thursdays, after which a late fee of 2d operates until 4 p.m. On Saturdays the closing time is noon, and late fee mail is accepted until 4 o'clock. Since the change was made on Monday, July 16, business men have had an opportunity to appreciate the benefits of having two hours and a half longer to deal with correspondence. How much this means to .them was made clear by the president of the Chamber of Commerce,: Mr. H. J. Lichtenstein, to-day.

"Short banking hours and staff shortages in commercial offices have, fov a considerable time, compelled business men to work at high pressure during a restricted number of morning hours," said Mr. Lichtenstein. "The later closing of the transtasman outward mail should be a great help in overcoming the bottleneck in correspondence experienced by many firms. If a similar change could be made in connection with internaf air and surface mails there would be further considerable relief.

A pronounced swing-over from seaborne to air-borne mails has occurred between New Zealand and other countries, stated Mr. Lichtenstein, and fast transit is now commonly used in sending shipping documents and invoices, particularly in view of the uncertain and erratic nature of surface mails. He expected that in the near future the big developments planned for the Empire route from Britain to Australia would give a still further stimulus to air mails.

New Zealand's only regular wartime air mail connection with the outside world, the transtasman service has been gaining rapidly in popularity. In the near future it will be linked up with the fastest and most frequent round-the-world service in air mail history.

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AIR MAIL CHANGE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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AIR MAIL CHANGE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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