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Mid-year figures at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol show cargo volume decrease


Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Monday 2nd September 2019 – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AAS) has announced total cargo volume decreased by 9.2 per cent to 767,519 tonnes, compared with 2018, but total belly cargo volume increased by 0.9 per cent, following the release of the mid-year figures.

Full freighter cargo volumes were down by 16.4 per cent, with a decrease of full freighter air transport movements (ATMs) by 14.4 per cent, but total belly cargo ATMs increased by 3.3 per cent.

The figures show that Shanghai, China, remains the main destination for AAS, reaching 88,481 tonnes in the first six months of 2019, despite the ongoing trade tensions with the US, followed by Moscow, Russia, with 38,633 tonnes.

“The mid-year figures reflect our expectations for a decrease in overall freighter volume as we continue to face slot scarcity, on top of a weakening of the global air cargo market,” said Bart Pouwels, Head of Cargo, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

“As a mainport for the Netherlands, we are concerned about the negative developments within the air cargo market and the consequences it has for the overall network of our airlines at Schiphol.

“With a decrease of full freighters, we may become less attractive for freight forwarders, as the forwarders need a mix of full freight and belly cargo to operate sustainably.

“This may result in forwarders leaving Schiphol and the airport becoming less attractive for airlines as belly cargo contributes significantly to certain routes.

“So, the consequence may be that the network may be impacted as well.

“We are keen to maintain our network of destinations for which we need to keep our cargo volumes at a sustainable level.”

The mid-year figures revealed a decrease in volumes across all markets, apart from small increases in North America outbound and the Middle East inbound.

The Asian inbound market was down by 10 per cent to 131,725 tonnes, and outbound decreased by 13 per cent to 130,520 tonnes.

European figures show a 15 per cent inbound decline to 47,493 tonnes, compared to the same period last year, and outbound was down by 8 per cent to 54,756 tonnes.

The North American market saw a 13 per cent inbound decrease to 56,314 tonnes, and an increase in outbound cargo of 4 per cent to 82,242 tonnes.

The Latin American market showed negative growth with inbound cargo down 10 per cent to 58,666 tonnes, and an 8 per cent decrease in outbound cargo to 37,184 tonnes.

The African market showed negative outbound results with a 4 per cent decrease in cargo to 25,489 tonnes, while inbound cargo decreased by 20 per cent to 46,518 tonnes.

The Middle Eastern region went up by 5 per cent (inbound) but declined 6 per cent (outbound) to respectively 44,603 and 52,008 tonnes.

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Mid-year figures at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol show cargo volume decrease

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Monday 2nd September 2019 – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AAS) has announced total cargo volume decreased by 9.2 per cent to 767,519 tonnes, compared with 2018, but total belly cargo volume increased by 0.9 per cent, following the release of the mid-year figures.

Full freighter cargo volumes were down by 16.4 per cent, with a decrease of full freighter air transport movements (ATMs) by 14.4 per cent, but total belly cargo ATMs increased by 3.3 per cent. 

The figures show that Shanghai, China, remains the main destination for AAS reaching 88,481 tonnes in the first six months of 2019, despite the ongoing trade tensions with the US, followed by Moscow, Russia, with 38,633 tonnes.

“The mid-year figures reflect our expectations for a decrease in overall freighter volume as we continue to face slot scarcity, on top of a weakening of the global air cargo market,” said Bart Pouwels, Head of Cargo, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

“As a mainport for the Netherlands, we are concerned about the negative developments within the air cargo market and the consequences it has for the overall network of our airlines at Schiphol.

“With a decrease of full freighters, we may become less attractive for freight forwarders, as the forwarders need a mix of full freight and belly cargo to operate sustainably.

“This may result in forwarders leaving Schiphol and the airport becoming less attractive for airlines as belly cargo contributes significantly to certain routes.

“So, the consequence may be that the network may be impacted as well.

“We are keen to maintain our network of destinations for which we need to keep our cargo volumes at a sustainable level.”

The mid-year figures revealed a decrease in volumes across all markets, apart from small increases in North America outbound and the Middle East inbound.

The Asian inbound market was down by 10 per cent to 131,725 tonnes, and outbound decreased by 13 per cent to 130,520 tonnes.

European figures show a 15 per cent inbound decline to 47,493 tonnes, compared to the same period last year, and outbound was down by 8 per cent to 54,756 tonnes.

The North American market saw a 13 per cent inbound decrease to 56,314 tonnes, and an increase in outbound cargo of 4 per cent to 82,242 tonnes.

The Latin American market showed negative growth with inbound cargo down 10 per cent to 58,666 tonnes, and an 8 per cent decrease in outbound cargo to 37,184 tonnes.

The African market showed negative outbound results with a 4 per cent decrease in cargo to 25,489 tonnes, while inbound cargo decreased by 20 per cent to 46,518 tonnes.

The Middle Eastern region went up by 5 per cent (inbound) but declined 6 per cent (outbound) to respectively 44,603 and 52,008 tonnes.

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

ENDS

About Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

In 2018, Schiphol welcomed 1.7 million tonnes of cargo, retaining the position as Europe’s third largest air cargo hub.

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 a strong Cargo Community, focuses on sharing data and other collaborative initiatives to optimise air cargo flows.

In 2016, 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