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Schiphol Reports Record 1.75 Million Tonnes of Cargo Handled in 2017

Fighting slot restrictions throughout the year, Schiphol Cargo came out on top with strong reports showing an increase of 5.4 per cent on yearly tonnage in 2017 with strong demand in the Far East for European goods boosting total figures to 1,752,498 tonnes.

Europe’s third largest air cargo hub experienced an uptick in cargo throughput of 7.4 per cent year-on-year between January and October 2017, with total figures for January to December 2017 reaching 1.75 million tonnes. Imports to Schiphol from the Far East in 2017 increased by 3.1 per cent to 299,386 tonnes, with exports to the region growing by 8.8 per cent year-on-year to 316,097 tonnes. Asia remains Schiphol’s largest market, with Shanghai, China, the busiest destination. European exports grew 19.1 per cent to 123,950 tonnes in 2017, with imports up 18.2 per cent to 124,992 tonnes.

“We have continued to build on initiatives in 2016 and 2017 with the aim of enhancing the experience of our pharmaceutical, e-commerce, and perishables customers, and our continued commitment to quality is having positive results,” said Jonas van Stekelenburg, Head of Cargo, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. “The upswing in e-commerce shipments, both inbound and outbound, was a large contributor to the cargo volumes for this market. A number of flights transit Europe en-route to Asia, and we can attribute a proportion of the growth in our European figures to the developing Asian market.”

Speaking about the slot restrictions Mr. van Stekelenburg said: “It is very positive that in this current 2017 / 2018 winter season, all requested, full freighter slots were granted, and many freighters were able to continue their business at Schiphol with ad-hoc slots. It is Schiphol’s objective to aim for sustainable growth at the airport after 2020 and airfreight is an important part of that. The outlook for 2018 – as, globally, we see even more air traffic growth – is a challenging one. The slot scarcity has been a challenge for us as a cargo community, and in some cases, cargo stakeholders were under-represented in the various sections of the airport community. In 2018 we will act on this, together with all freighter airlines, handlers, and other logistic service providers. Trust, increased cooperation, and improved agreements between all stakeholders are essential in this respect.”

Schiphol Cargo says their Smart Cargo Mainport program initiatives such as the Holland Flower Alliance, Pharma Gateway Amsterdam, and European Green Fast Lanes are working towards this goal by focusing on improved information sharing, and optimal landside logistics.