Schiphol cargo tonnage grows

Tonnage grows by 8.8 per cent in the first half of 2014.


Air Cargo tonnages through Amsterdam Airport Schiphol continued to build throughout the second quarter of 2014, leading to overall growth of 8.84 per cent in the year to date. In the period January-June, Schiphol handled a total of 801,700 tonnes. Schiphol’s cargo throughput has outstripped 2013 in every month of 2014, reaching a peak increase of 14.1 per cent in May.

Asia was once again the airport’s top market, with a total of 304,872 tonnes – up 8.3 per cent, and supplying 38 per cent of the total. North America retained second place, with 143,686 tonnes – up 14.6 per cent and accounting for 17.9 per cent of all traffic.

The Middle East grew 14.5 per cent to 106,937 tonnes, representing 13.3 per cent of the total; at the same time, Africa saw more modest growth of 4.14 per cent to 89,010 tonnes, an 11.1 per cent share. The relative figures in these two markets are slightly distorted by the increasing use of Middle East-based freighters to uplift fresh produce from Africa.

Europe grew by 16.2 per cent to 76,598 tonnes, accounting for 9.6 per cent of traffic. Latin America was the only sector to show a decline, of 5.2 per cent to 80,597 tonnes – still a 10 per cent share of Schiphol’s total cargo throughput. The balance between imports and exports shifted to 51.42 per cent and 48.58 per cent respectively in 2014 H1: a swing of 0.58 per cent to imports, compared to the same period in 2013.