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Schiphol Cargo marks growth in Chinese, Latam, African markets in 1Q 2018

[ May 17, 2018   //   ]

Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam has seen continued growth in both the China and Latin American markets after its results were revealed for the first quarter of 2018.

China, the airport’s largest country market, showed a 2.1% increase at 30,735 tonnes from January to March 2018, compared with the same period last year, boosted by increased volumes from both freighter and belly cargo flights.

Trade with the Asian continent overall remained relatively stable, with a 4% decrease in inbound cargo to 67,629 tonnes but a one per cent increase in outbound cargo, up to 75,182 tonnes.

Latin American cargo trade increased strongly, up 10% inbound at 34,097 tonnes and up 31% outbound at 20,701 tonnes. Cargo imports from the continent were boosted by increased flower imports for St Valentine’s Day and International Women’s Day.

Similarly, African flower exports boosted outbound cargo, up 7% to 13,243 tonnes, although inbound cargo recorded a drop of 5% to 28,818 tonnes.

European, North American, and Middle Eastern trade was slightly down in terms of overall cargo volumes in Q1 January to March 2018, 2.1% down compared with the same period last year, (Q1 2017), to 411,539 tonnes.

European inbound traffic fell 8% to 25,936, outbound -2% to 28,146, North America inbound cargo fell 12% to 32,142 tonnes and outbound 5% to 36,791 tonnes, while Middle Eastern traffic fell 1% inbound to 21,578 and 15% outbound to 27,277 tonnes.

Full freighter volumes overall were down 2.4%, with 7.4% fewer full freight air traffic movements (ATMs) and belly cargo volumes eased slightly, showing a 1.6% drop compared with Q1, 2017.

“Although we saw an increase in ATMs and as a result increased volumes of belly cargo at Schiphol, this did not result in a commensurate increase in freight volumes and did not compensate for the reduction in full freighter ATMs,” said Maaike van der Windt, Director Aviation Marketing, Cargo and Customer Experience, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

“This has had a knock-on effect in our first quarter results, but there are nonetheless underlying positive growth trends in cargo business from China and Latin America that we hope to build upon over the coming year,” she added.