Schiphol’s year in numbers


Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has published its cargo figures for 2020 and the results are no surprise given the effect the pandemic has had on air cargo.

Total cargo volume for the year declined by 8% to 1.44 million tonnes compared to 2019.

Last year freight volumes were shipped in three categories of flights; full freighters, which accounted for 61% of total volume, pax-cargo-only, which includes passenger flights with only freight on board at 10%, and passenger flights at 29%.

Inbound cargo volumes declined by 4.7% to 754,361 tonnes in 2020 compared to 2019, and outbound cargo volumes decreased 11.7% to 687,161 tonnes during the same period.

The three biggest destinations for cargo tonnage were Shanghai, China, Doha, Qatar, and Chicago, USA.

“In line with our expectations”

Patricia Vitalis, incoming Director Airport Operations and Aviation Partnerships made the following statement: “The 2020 figures are in line with our expectations given the challenging year we all had to face.

“I am proud of our cargo community and our team at Schiphol, who have worked hard to continue supporting our customers through the pandemic in a constantly changing business landscape and for providing new routes for new cargo airlines to transport essential PPE consignments.

“The cargo community at Schiphol has focused on collaboration to find solutions including the launch of Vaccines Gateway Netherlands, which is a task force of more than 60 companies providing the swift, secure, and safe transportation of the COVID-19 vaccines.

“We will continue to work together to ensure that supply chains keep moving.”

Changing routes

 Outbound traffic to the Asian region from Schiphol was down 8.21% to 238,889 tonnes in 2020 compared to 2019, and inbound declined 0.58% to 266,688 tonnes.

The outbound North American market fell 8.27% to 150,988 tonnes, while inbound was down 9.72% to 101,132 tonnes.

Cargo inbound to Latin America declined 10.84% to 102,983 tonnes and outbound dropped 4.28% to 72,899 tonnes.

European figures show outbound traffic fell 28.62% to 85,395 tonnes and inbound increased 0.01% to 106,487 tonnes.

The Middle East market inbound showed a positive story as inbound was up 8.51% to 101,014 tonnes, but outbound was down 9.28% to 96,321 tonnes.

Outbound traffic to Africa was down 17.67% to 42,669 tonnes and inbound declined 21.00% to 76,057 tonnes.

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