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Schiphol’s long-term cargo strategy is paying off

  20.08.2012    

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol handled a total of 729,174 tonnes of cargo in the first six months of 2012, down 3.2% on the previous year. But its performance is above the average for Europe. 
Exports accounted for 48.7% of the total, and held up slightly better than imports, which were 3.5% down in the period. June was the second positive month of 2012 to date, up 0.4% on 2011, marking the continuation of a three-month recovering trend. 
The Far East remained Schiphol’s top market, with a 38.61% share of the total in the second quarter – but still 11.48% down on 2011, and below its average 40% share for the previous year.  The USA also held overall figures back, with a total of 130,796 tonnes  - 6.8% below 2011 figures. 
Europe figures – which now include Airbridgecargo flights via Moscow – continued to show strong growth in the period January-June, up 53% on 2011. European traffic has climbed every month of 2012 to date, continuing the pattern of 2011. 
Schiphol handled 7636 freighter flights in the first half of 2012, up by a marginal 0.5% on 2011. 
Commenting on the year to date, Senior VP Cargo Enno Osinga says: “Although our total tonnages are slightly down on 2011, ours is the strongest performance among Europe’s top three cargo airports, and better than the entire European market which was down 4.9% up to May. 
“2012 is displaying less dramatic peaks and troughs than 2011, and the year is shaping up slightly more positively for us than we expected. The feedback from our airline customers is also generally more optimistic than it was.” 
He continues: “The economic factors which currently affect air cargo tonnages are beyond our control, so we are focusing increasingly on the longer term and ways in which we can positively influence our business in the future.” 
He concludes: “Our various plans and initiatives to further improve efficiency and speed of cargo flows through Schiphol are already showing tangible results. These, along with the programmed investments in multi-modal infrastructure around Schiphol, will ensure it remains the airport of choice for cargo entering and leaving northern Europe.”


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