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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport cargo volumes decline 8pc in 2020

AMSTERDAM Schiphol Airport saw cargo volumes decline in 2020, with an eight per cent drop, reports London's Air Cargo News

21 January 2021 - 19:00
AMSTERDAM Schiphol Airport saw cargo volumes decline in 2020, with an eight per cent drop, reports London's Air Cargo News.

Sixty-one per cent of cargo handled at the hub was from full freighters, with preighters carrying 10 per cent of cargo processed there and bellyhold cargo from passenger services being 29 per cent.



The hub saw a 4.7 per cent decline in inbound cargo volumes to 754,361 tonnes and an outbound demand decrease of 11.7 per cent to 687,161 tonnes.



The primary destinations for cargo tonnage from the airport were Shanghai, Doha, and Chicago.



'The 2020 figures are in line with our expectations given the challenging year we all had to face,' said future airport operations director Patricia Vitalis.



In response, the airport sought out its smart cargo mainport programme, causing air freight operations to be faster and a part of the digital world.



'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,' said Ms Vitalis.



The airport also joined the Circular Plastics Alliance, which in return supports the sustainable transportation of flowers.



'The Alliance has introduced standardised box sizes for flower consignments with the aim of reducing the product importers' carbon footprint by 25 per cent, while also increasing their profitability by 25 per cent,' said Schiphol.


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