Global issues and Ukraine deplete Schiphol cargo


Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s total cargo volume for the first six months of 2022 decreased by -13.8% to 721,746 tonnes compared to the first six months of 2021.

Inbound cargo volumes decreased by -17.5% to 364,376 tonnes, and outbound cargo volumes also decreased by -9.7% to 357,369 tonnes during the same period in 2021.

The top three destinations for cargo by tonnage were Shanghai, China; Dubai, UAE; and Chicago.

Full freighters accounted for 65% of total volumes, and passenger flights at 35% of total volumes.

The outbound North American market decreased by -9.1% to 84,786 tonnes, with inbound traffic from here declining by -10.5% to 58,101 tonnes.

Cargo inbound from Latin America decreased by -22.3% to 46,827 tonnes and outbound traffic to the region went down by -14.6 % to 35,242 tonnes.

The main factors attributable to the decrease were the global decrease of volumes transported and the loss of volumes from a large carrier operating from Russia.

The airport’s head of aviation business development Anne Marie van Hemert, said: “The 2021 and 2022 figures have shown that Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is still the airport of choice for logistic companies and their customers. Now that demand for passenger flights has increased, the available airport capacity needs to be shared.”

“In the first half-year, innovation through our Smart Cargo Mainport Program has continued. Automated Nomination has been introduced as the new standard procedure for inbound cargo, which informs customers about incoming shipments before arrival. Going forward, additional measures will be implemented for secure cargo handovers.”

At the start of 2022, Dnata announced over €200 million investment in a cargo facility in Amsterdam.


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