Schiphol ready for all-change
Tough times for the airfreight industry, but for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Europe's third largest cargo airport, the current upheavals in the industry are an opportunity to make long term strategic changes.
December 1, 2008
By Donald Urquhart
It is this ‘all-change’ environment that Schiphol – which handled a total of 1.61 million tonnes of air cargo last year – has fi rmly grasped as it charts its strategic growth going forward.
The airport group’s bold strategy is most clearly visible in its announcement a few months ago that it is entering into a long-term, and potentially farreaching cooperative arrangement with the French AÃ©roports de Paris group. The French airport group includes the 14 civil airports and airfields in the ÃŽle-de-France (Paris) area. Among its notable airports are Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Orly Airport and Le Bourget Airport.
So was this simply a response to competitive pressure, or a protective response to the crumbling global economic situation? Neither, according to Rutten, who says the move was far more strategic in nature and more informed by larger trends within the aircargo industry.