Schiphol cargo up 7.3%

Cargo tonnage through Amsterdam Airport Schiphol showed consistent growth throughout the first quarter of 2014, ending with a total of 392,990 tonnes, representing an increase of 7.3 per cent on the same period of 2013.


Schiphol cargo up 7.3%


Cargo tonnage through Amsterdam Airport Schiphol showed consistent growth throughout the first quarter of 2014, ending with a total of 392,990 tonnes, representing an increase of 7.3 per cent on the same period of 2013. The first quarter of 2014 was also the second best in over three years, beaten only by the final (peak) quarter of 2013.

Regional rankings remained unchanged from 2013: Asia retained top place, with a total of 142,256 tonnes (up seven per cent on Q1 2013); but its share of the total fell slightly, at 36.7 per cent – down from 39.3 per cent for 2013 as a whole. North America showed stronger growth, up 13.2 per cent on the same period of 2013, to a total of 69,868 tonnes – a 17.8 per cent share of the total, compared to 16.6 per cent for 2013. The Middle East was up 14 per cent in Q1, Africa grew 1.6 per cent and Europe also rose 10.9 per cent. Only Latin America fell back, down 6.1 per cent on the period.

Imports for the first quarter accounted for 51 per cent of the total (almost unchanged from 50.6 per cent throughout 2013), while exports represented 49 per cent of all traffic (also virtually unchanged from 49.42 per cent). Freighter movements meanwhile grew by 6.6 per cent in the first quarter, totalling 4,029.