AF-KLM Cargo’s Varwijk calls it a day

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.


AF-KLM Cargo’s Varwijk calls it a day


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 announcement in September that over the next two years Martinair Cargo’s freighter fleet would drop dramatically from the current 10 aircraft to just three.