Amsterdam Schiphol's H1 cargo drops 9.2pc amid slot shortage
AMSTERDAM Airport Schiphol (S) saw its total cargo volume fall by 9
AMSTERDAM Airport Schiphol (S) saw its total cargo volume fall by 9.2 per cent in the first half of the year compared to the same period last year, to stand at 767,519 tonnes, data from airport authorities show.
Airport officials attributed the decrease to ongoing slot scarcity and the weakening of the global air cargo market, reported Mumbai's Stat Trade Times.
'As a main port for the Netherlands, we are concerned about the negative developments within the air cargo market and the consequences it has for the overall network of our airlines at Schiphol,' said airport cargo chief Bart Pouwels.
'With a decrease of full freighters, we may become less attractive for freight forwarders, as the forwarders need a mix of full freight and belly cargo to operate sustainably,' he said,
The Chinese city of Shanghai remains the airport's main cargo destination with first-half cargo tonnage reaching 88,481 tonnes despite the ongoing trade tensions with the US, followed by Moscow with 38,633 tonnes.
The first half results revealed a drop in volumes across all markets, apart from small increases in North America outbound and the Middle East inbound.
The Asian inbound market was down by 10 per cent to 131,725 tonnes, and outbound fell by 13 per cent to 130,520 tonnes.
European figures showed a 15 per cent inbound decline to 47,493 tonnes, and outbound contracted by eight per cent to 54,756 tonnes.
The North American market suffered a 13 per cent inbound decline to 56,314 tonnes, but a rise in outbound cargo of four per cent to 82,242 tonnes.
The Latin American market saw inbound cargo fall 10 per cent to 58,666 tonnes, and outbound cargo decreased by eight per cent to 37,184 tonnes.
Outbound cargo volumes to Africa fell by four per cent to 25,489 tonnes, while inbound cargo decreased by 20 per cent to 46,518 tonnes.
The Middle Eastern region went up by five per cent (inbound) but decreased by six per cent (outbound) to total 44,603 and 52,008 tonnes respectively.