Amsterdam Schiphol's H1 cargo traffic rises 8.7pc to 866,713 tonnes due to Far East trade

AMSTERDAM Airport Schiphol, Europe's number three cargo airport, saw demand rise by 8.7 per cent year on year in the first half of 2017 to total 866,713 tonnes, driven by Far East traffic.

In terms of freighters, the airport welcomed an additional 153 full freighter flights in the first half, bringing the total to 8,954, reported London's Air Cargo News.

Half-year figures for the Far East were 154,866 tonnes for outbound, up 12.2 per cent year on year, with inbound figures improving by 8.3 per cent to 149,836 tonnes.

The airport's European figures were also boosted by demand originating in Asia, much of which transits Baku, Azerbaijan, and Moscow, Russia, to and from the Far East and Amsterdam.

Europe inbound figures for January to June were 60,320 tonnes, up 29.1 per cent, with Europe outbound figures at 61,641 tonnes, up 39.2 per cent.

A strong flower trade drove inbound Latin America volumes for January to June up to 59,817 tonnes, an increase of 31.4 per cent, while exports for the period stood at 35,275 tonnes, down 6.3 per cent.

Imports from Africa in the first half were down 3.5 per cent to 59,409 tonnes, and exports to the region declined by 15.3 per cent.

North American imports dropped 6.3 per cent year on year, although there was an improvement in June, to 72,739 tonnes during the year to date overall. Exports to the region continued to rise with a 10.5 per cent increase to 82,379 tonnes over the first six months.

Inbound Middle East figures for January-June decreased by 4.4 per cent to 43,557 tonnes, with outbound figures to the region for the first half of the year up seven per cent at 61,973 tonnes.

"We are pleased that our continued focus on developing innovative solutions, such as our Compliance Checker and the Milkrun, for our growing base of e-Commerce and pharma customers has helped to deliver strong growth in the first half of the year," said head of cargo at the airport, Jonas van Stekelenburg.

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