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AMSTERDAM AIRPORT SCHIPHOL MID-YEAR FIGURES SHOW UPSURGE IN FULL FREIGHTER CARGO BUT BELLY NUMBERS STAY BEHIND


Cargo volume in the first half of 2020 decreased by 14.5 per cent to 655,942 tonnes compared to the same period in 2019 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Monday, 20th July, 2020: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s (AAS) total cargo volume for the first half of 2020 declined by 14.5 per cent to 655,942 tonnes compared to 2019, as an increase in full freighter cargo did not make up for the decline in belly traffic. 

Full freighter flights were up 48.1 per cent to 10,274 Air Transport Movements (ATM) from January to June, but the number of belly flights dropped by 51.6 per cent to 105,665 ATMs compared to the first half of the year in 2019.

In the first half of 2020, full freighter volume increased by 12.4 per cent to 463,679 tonnes, while belly cargo volumes dropped 45.9 per cent to 192,264 tonnes.

Inbound cargo volumes were down 11.5 per cent to 341,130 tonnes and outbound cargo volumes were down 17.6 per cent to 314,812 tonnes. 

Although total volume declined over the first six months of the year, Schiphol rose from fourth to third in the list of the busiest European cargo hubs during the period. 

“Schiphol’s figures and operations were heavily impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak, and from early this year, the decline in passenger aircraft led to a decrease in belly volumes,” said Bart Pouwels, Head of Cargo, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. 

“ATMs are now showing signs of recovery which is positive. The extra belly capacity on intercontinental routes helps the air cargo market in Amsterdam to better serve its customers.” 

CHALLENGING MARKETS 

Every cargo market saw declines in the first half of the year as all regions were heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Inbound cargo to North America was down 17.1 per cent to 46,680 tonnes and outbound by 17.7 per cent to 67,729 tonnes. 

In Europe, inbound cargo was down slightly by 3.0 per cent to 46,067 tonnes, but outbound fell by 23.5 per cent to 41,866 tonnes. 

Schiphol’s biggest market Asia saw declines, as inbound was down 8.1 per cent to 121,008 tonnes and outbound declined 17.5 per cent to 107,735 tonnes. Shanghai remained the biggest single market destination from January to June. 

The Middle East region showed the only growth sector as inbound was up 9.2 per cent to 48,682 tonnes, but outbound decreased 11.7 per cent to 45,914 tonnes. 

The Latin America market’s inbound volume fell 21.8 per cent to 45,872 tonnes and outbound was down 14.6 per cent to 31,762 tonnes. 

Inbound to Africa was down 29.5 per cent to 32,821 tonnes and outbound by 22.3 per cent to 19,806 tonnes, driven by a decrease in the import and exports of flowers. 

IMPACT OF COVID-19 

Schiphol was affected by Covid-19 from early this year and it led to a steep decline in overall ATMs in the first six months of 2020. 

At the lowest point in April, Schiphol was averaging about 144 ATMs per day every week, a 90 per cent decline in ATMs on 2019. 

“The Covid-19 pandemic has also led to a shift in cargo flows and some usually high-volume verticals have decreased such as the import and export of flowers,” said Pouwels.  

Despite the challenges Schiphol has played a crucial role in transporting critical cargo in the fight against the virus such as personal protective equipment (PPE). 

“The Schiphol air cargo community has worked closely together to ensure that essential cargo was moved through the supply chain,” said Pouwels.  

FUTURE OUTLOOK 

The future is uncertain at Schiphol as markets around the globe are at different stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“We are seeing passenger flights increasing which means an increase in belly capacity, but it is important we move along with customer needs and make sure all demands are accommodated as well as possible,” said Maaike van der Windt, Director Aviation Marketing, Cargo and Customer Experience, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.  

“Sustainability remains an important focus for Schiphol, and as air traffic is picking up, it is important restarting regular flight traffic will be executed in a controlled manner, taking Schiphol’s surroundings into consideration.” 

The health and safety of staff involved in cargo handling is also a focal point and Schiphol is cooperating closely with the cargo community to comply with government guidelines and ensure the correct implementation of protocols. 

“We hope to continue to welcome increasing demand of our airlines and to see more routes and frequencies added to our network again,” said van der Windt. 

For more information about Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, follow the LinkedIn page or visit schiphol.com/cargo 

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About Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Schiphol is Europe’s fourth largest air cargo hub, and welcomed 1.57 million tonnes of cargo in 2019.

Schiphol initiates and co-creates smart cargo solutions to help the airfreight community excel at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. One such initiative is the Smart Cargo Mainport Program (SCMP) in which Schiphol, together with supply chain partners, aims to integrate data and digitalise the air cargo supply chain by optimising landside processes and launching new innovations.

Schiphol and its cargo community launched Pharma Gateway Amsterdam that offers a CEIV-certified, closed and transparent pharma airport process.

Schiphol, together with KLM Cargo and Royal FloraHolland, are the founding fathers of the Holland Flower Alliance. An initiative formed to optimise the logistics of the floricultural supply chain in East Africa and South America. The alliance focuses on the smooth transportation of flowers and plants from growers to wholesalers, and is dedicated to the pursuit of innovation and sustainability in the floral supply chain.

To find out more about initiatives by Schiphol Cargo follow our LinkedIn page or visit schiphol.com/cargo


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AMSTERDAM AIRPORT SCHIPHOL MID-YEAR FIGURES SHOW UPSURGE IN FULL FREIGHTER CARGO BUT BELLY NUMBERS STAY BEHIND

Cargo volume in the first half of 2020 decreased by 14.5 per cent to 655,942 tonnes compared to the same period in 2019 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Monday 20th July, 2020 : Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s total cargo volume for the first half of 2020 declined by 14.5 per cent to 655,942 tonnes compared to 2019, as an increase in full freighter cargo did not make up for the decline in belly traffic.

Full freighter flights were up 48.1 per cent to 10,274 Air Transport Movements (ATM) from January to June, but the number of belly flights dropped by 51.6 per cent to 105,665 ATMs compared to the first half of the year in 2019.

In the first half of 2020, full freighter volume increased by 12.4 per cent to 463,679 tonnes, while belly cargo volumes dropped 45.9 per cent to 192,264 tonnes.

Inbound cargo volumes were down 11.5 per cent to 341,130 tonnes and outbound cargo volumes were down 17.6 per cent to 314,812 tonnes.

Although total volume declined over the first six months of the year, Schiphol rose from fourth to third in the list of the busiest European cargo hubs during the period.

“Schiphol’s figures and operations were heavily impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak, and from early this year, the decline in passenger aircraft led to a decrease in belly volumes,” said Bart Pouwels, Head of Cargo, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

“ATMs are now showing signs of recovery which is positive. The extra belly capacity on intercontinental routes helps the air cargo market in Amsterdam to better serve its customers.”

CHALLENGING MARKETS 

Every cargo market saw declines in the first half of the year as all regions were heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Inbound cargo to North America was down 17.1 per cent to 46,680 tonnes and outbound by 17.7 per cent to 67,729 tonnes. 

In Europe, inbound cargo was down slightly by 3.0 per cent to 46,067 tonnes, but outbound fell by 23.5 per cent to 41,866 tonnes. 

Schiphol’s biggest market Asia saw declines, as inbound was down 8.1 per cent to 121,008 tonnes and outbound declined 17.5 per cent to 107,735 tonnes. Shanghai remained the biggest single market destination from January to June. 

The Middle East region showed the only growth sector as inbound was up 9.2 per cent to 48,682 tonnes, but outbound decreased 11.7 per cent to 45,914 tonnes. 

The Latin America market’s inbound volume fell 21.8 per cent to 45,872 tonnes and outbound was down 14.6 per cent to 31,762 tonnes. 

Inbound to Africa was down 29.5 per cent to 32,821 tonnes and outbound by 22.3 per cent to 19,806 tonnes, driven by a decrease in the import and exports of flowers. 

IMPACT OF COVID-19

Schiphol was affected by Covid-19 from early this year and it led to a steep decline in overall ATMs in the first six months of 2020.

At the lowest point in April, Schiphol was averaging about 144 ATMs per day every week, a 90 per cent decline in ATMs on 2019.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has also led to a shift in cargo flows and some usually high-volume verticals have decreased such as the import and export of flowers,” said Pouwels.

Despite the challenges, Schiphol has played a crucial role in transporting critical cargo in the fight against the virus such as personal protective equipment (PPE).

“The Schiphol air cargo community has worked closely together to ensure that essential cargo was moved through the supply chain,” said Pouwels.

FUTURE OUTLOOK

The future is uncertain at Schiphol as markets around the globe are at different stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are seeing passenger flights increasing which means an increase in belly capacity, but it is important we move along with customer needs and make sure all demands are accommodated as well as possible,” said Maaike van der Windt, Director Aviation Marketing, Cargo and Customer Experience, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

“Sustainability remains an important focus for Schiphol, and as air traffic is picking up, it is important restarting regular flight traffic will be executed in a controlled manner, taking Schiphol’s surroundings into consideration.”

The health and safety of staff involved in cargo handling is also a focal point and Schiphol is cooperating closely with the cargo community to comply with government guidelines and ensure the correct implementation of protocols.

“We hope to continue to welcome increasing demand of our airlines and to see more routes and frequencies added to our network again,” said van der Windt.

For more information about Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, follow the LinkedIn page or visit schiphol.com/cargo

Ends.

About Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Schiphol is Europe’s fourth largest air cargo hub, and welcomed 1.57 million tonnes of cargo in 2019.

Schiphol initiates and co-creates smart cargo solutions to help the airfreight community excel at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. One such initiative is the Smart Cargo Mainport Program (SCMP) in which Schiphol, together with supply chain partners, aims to integrate data and digitalise the air cargo supply chain by optimising landside processes and launching new innovations.

Schiphol and its cargo community launched Pharma Gateway Amsterdam that offers a CEIV-certified, closed and transparent pharma airport process.

Schiphol, together with KLM Cargo and Royal FloraHolland, are the founding fathers of the Holland Flower Alliance. An initiative formed to optimise the logistics of the floricultural supply chain in East Africa and South America. The alliance focuses on the smooth transportation of flowers and plants from growers to wholesalers, and is dedicated to the pursuit of innovation and sustainability in the floral supply chain.

To find out more about initiatives by Schiphol Cargo follow our LinkedIn page or visit schiphol.com/cargo