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Amsterdam Schiphol handled 1.7 million tonnes of freight in 2018 to maintain its status as Europe’s third largest cargo airport.


The airport reported a 4.1% increase in bellyhold cargo in 2018 although its overall freight volumes dipped by 2.5% during the year.

In what proved to be a tough year for cargo shipments at Amsterdam Schiphol, the Dutch gateway reveals that the number of full freighter movements decreased by 10.4% in 2018.

The airport is, however, confident that 2019 will prove to be a better year for cargo.

“In 2018, despite a slight decrease in overall freight volumes, we built on a number of initiatives that enhance the experience of our pharmaceutical, e-commerce, and perishables customers, and our continued commitment to quality is having positive results,” says Maaike van der Windt, Schiphol’s director of aviation marketing, cargo and customer experience.


“We experienced a year of ups and downs in 2018, and in 2019 we will continue to focus on close collaboration with our cargo community through the Smart Cargo Mainport Program to pursue ambitions such as an increase in digital information exchange and quality improvements in the supply chain.”

Asia remained the largest market at Amdterdam Schiphol, with Shanghai, China, as the busiest destination.

In 2018, Asia inbound volumes ended at 299,110 tonnes, and outbound figures at 302,994 tonnes, a decrease of 1.08% and 4.2% respectively on 2017.

E-commerce shipments remained a large contributor to the volumes in the Asia market.

The one bright spark for cargo in 2018 was the Latin American market, where inbound cargo from the region was up 5.48% to 130,295 tonnes, and outbound cargo grew by 6.23% to 81,265 tonnes.


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