EUROPE & CIS: Martinair drops pax to focus on cargo

Holland-based Air France-KLM group subsidiary, Martinair, said it will be stopping commercial flights on its four B767 aircraft by next year, to focus on transporting cargo. "Martinair Holland NV plans to concentrate fully on its air freight activities as per the end of 2011, and to discontinue its passenger service," the company said in a […]


Holland-based Air France-KLM group subsidiary, Martinair, said it will be stopping commercial flights on its four B767 aircraft by next year, to focus on transporting cargo.

"Martinair Holland NV plans to concentrate fully on its air freight activities as per the end of 2011, and to discontinue its passenger service," the company said in a statement. The company cited the lack of scale which made it difficult to remain profitable, as the key reason behind the move.

The closure of the charter passenger business will result in the loss of 600 jobs among Martinair’s 1,800 employees. "The KLM group would make every effort to keep affected employees within the KLM family," the group said.

Martinair’s cargo unit currently operates seven MD-11 freighters and four B747-400 freighters which it gained last year as AF-KLM shifted part its cargo resources to Martinair. The cargo carrier carried 328,000 tonnes of freight from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to 31 destinations last year.