2014 was another solid year for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol‘s cargo traffic, beating 2013 by 6.7 per cent. The final quarter of the year was once again its strongest, maintaining the classic last-quarter-peak pattern which was the norm before the 2008 global recession. Total tonnage in October-December 2014 was 422,112 – an increase of 3 per cent on the same period in 2013.
Contributing to the strong showing, Europe was up 11.6 per cent, Latin America was up 7 per cent, Africa increased 4.8 per cent and North America grew 6.4 per cent. Asia fell by 1 per cent in the quarter, while the Middle East saw a 1.7 per cent reduction. Freighter movements grew to a total of 4304, up 3 per cent on 2013’s final three months.
For the year as a whole, tonnage was up 6.7 per cent to 1,633,195. North America showed the best growth, up 14 per cent over 2013. This was followed by Europe (up 12.5 per cent), Middle East (up 6.1 per cent), Asia (up 5.4 per cent) and Africa (up 4.1 per cent). Latin America meanwhile ended the year down 2 per cent. Freighter movements in 2014 totalled 16,568 – a growth of 6 per cent on 2013, with a peak in movements in October and November.