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Schiphol Cargo Narrows Gap in Q3

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s cargo tonnage in the third quarter has seen a much stronger performance similar to those of 2014.

The third quarter experienced a total of 409,034 tonnes of cargo handled through the airport, slightly down on the same period of 2014. The drop in Asian and European markets was counteracted by stronger performances in North America, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Freighter movements were down by 1.9 percent in the period, totaling 4,079.

The quarter’s stronger performance delivered tonnages similar to 2014’s record levels, at 1,193,604. Overall, Asia continued to hold the top position with 37.8 percent share of year to date tonnage, and North America ranked second place with (19.2 percent), the Middle East, Africa (10.9 percent), Latin America (10.8 percent), and Europe (8.3 percent). Freighter movements went up by 0.4 percent at 12.318.

Reflecting the drop of industrial output from China, which is Schiphol’s single largest market, year to date imports decreased by 2.8 percent, accounting for 50.6 percent of all cargo. Exports, however remained level with 2014 and accounted for 49.4 percent of traffic.

Mr. Jonas van Stekelenburg, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Director, Cargo, said, “We are delighted to see the narrowing gap between 2015 and 2015 supported by the recent shipments of mobile phones and the robust performance in our non-Asia markets.

“The tonnages to date are still low than 2014, which was a record year, but up by 6.5 percent when compared to 2013.The overall trend is therefore positive.”

Mr. van Stekelenburg added, “We cannot fully escape the volatility of airfreight markets, but we can and will secure our carriers and logistics community as much as possible by moving on with our campaign to eliminate paper, inefficiency, and cost from the supply chain. Innovation remains our major focus and we will cooperate with our stakeholders to provide the best possible experience for our customers.”