Schiphol Cargo Growth

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) has reported that cargo tonnage handled in the first six months of 2011 was 753,073 tonnes – 5.2% up on the same period last year.
So far this year, AMS has outperformed 2010 in four out of six months.  This included an increase of 19% in April; however, this could be due to the closure of European airspace in April 2010.  June 2011 had a decrease of 1.6% compared to June 2010.
Schiphol Cargo VP Enno Osinga said: “Recent developments are in line with IATA’s overall statistics.  The increase of 5.2% is significantly better than the performance of the other three major European gateways.”
AMS has maintained its third place on the European airports cargo league table and is one of only four to show year-on-year growth.
In the first half of 2011, traffic grew in the Middle East (22.4%) and North America (17.9%) while traffic in Asia was down by 6.2%.  It is suggested that this may be due to the earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan in March.  Airline Air Bridge has also reclassified its Asia traffic as European – this has been reflected in the results as European traffic was up 61.5%.  Without these adjustments, it is claimed that Asian traffic would be down by only 0.8% and that European traffic would be down 6.5%.
57% of all cargo traffic at AMS is now carried on the flights of its 23 freighter operators.  Cargo carried on passenger flights is also up 7.7% year-on-year.
The airport has also acquired several new airline services, including Saudi Arabian Airlines, Etihad and Centurion freighter services.  Qatar Airways and Air Bridge have started freighter services to ChicagoChina Southern has started freighter flights to Guangzhou.