European freight drives Schiphol Cargo growth

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has seen cargo volumes increase by 1.6 per cent in the first half of 2016 to 796,801 tonnes, with European freight seeing the strongest growth.

In the first six months of 2016, European freight was up 41.7 per cent to 90,991 tonnes helped by new carriers including Silk Way linking Amsterdam to Asia via Baku, and AirBridgeCargo Airlines increasing services to Moscow. Schiphol classifies both cities as European. Asia remained Schiphol’s biggest market but dipped 5.8 per cent to 276,312 tonnes during the period.

Schiphol head of cargo, Jonas van Stekelenburg says: “Compared to the other main European hubs we had a good first half year in terms of volume: we attracted some new carriers such as Jet Airways, and experienced growth of some existing carriers such as DHL.”

Volumes increased by 2.5 per cent in June to 135,589 tonnes, and April was the strongest month, seeing year-on-year growth of 6.8 per cent to 137,666 tonnes.