AF-KLM Cargo’s Varwijk calls it a day

The embattled cargo carrier has been struggling for some time to cut costs and boost revenues.


AF-KLM Air France-KLM Cargo Erik Varwijk freighters Martinair MD-11


Confirming what was reported in December by Dutch press, Erik Varwijk, managing director of Air France-KLM Cargo has resigned, effective 1 March after 25 years at the carrier. In a statement Varwijk said: “I have decided that I will not be available for reappointment at the end of my current term on 1 July. With the completion of the strategic reorientation of cargo, the time has come for something new.”
Varwijk’s resignation comes both as a surprise, as his contract was not due to expire until July, and also yet another blow to the embattled cargo division of Europe’s second largest carrier group. The news comes as AF-KLM cargo is desperately trying to cut costs and boost revenues which most recently saw the announcment in Septmember that over the next two years Martinair Cargo’s freighter fleet would drop dramatically from the current 10 aircraft to just three.