Dutch Airports Show Continued Growth in 2017
Dutch airports increase passenger numbers over 2017
The airports in the Netherlands saw a continued growth in passenger numbers over 2017. Last year, 68.4 million travellers flew from, to or via Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, representing a rise of 7.7% relative to 2016. There were a total of 496,747 air transport movements at Schiphol in 2017, an increase of 3.7% compared to 2016. Eindhoven Airport also saw its passenger volume rise to 5.7 million (up 19.4%), whilst Rotterdam The Hague Airport registered a 5,3% rise in passenger numbers in 2017, to 1.7 million. Last year Schiphol offered 326 destinations, Eindhoven offered 81 destinations and Rotterdam offered 36 destination, adding 10 more destinations relative to 2016.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Cargo shows strong demand from Asia
Besides a growth in passenger numbers, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport also saw numbers of cargo volume increase over 2017. The cargo volume of Europe’s thirds largest air cargo group grew by 5.4%, with strong demand in the Far East for European goods boosting total figures to 1,752,498 tonnes. In 2017, imports from the Far East to Schiphol increased by 3.1 per cent to 299,386 tonnes. Exports to the region grew by 8.8 per cent year-on-year to 316,097 tonnes. European exports grew 19.1 per cent to 123,950 tonnes, with imports up 18.2 per cent to 124,992 tonnes. Asia remains Schiphol’s largest cargo market, with Shanghai, China, the busiest destination.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol aims to be Europe’s smartest cargo hub.
“It is Schiphol’s objective to aim for sustainable growth at the airport after 2020 and airfreight is an important part of that. On the belly side we expect AMS to grow in 2018 both in terms of volume and capacity. We have continued to build on initiatives in 2016 and 2017 with the aim of enhancing the experience of our pharmaceutical, e-commerce, and perishables customers, and our continued commitment to quality is having positive results,” said Jonas van Stekelenburg, Head of Cargo, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Initiatives such as the Holland Flower Alliance, Pharma Gateway Amsterdam, and European Green Fast Lanes are working towards this goal by focusing on improved information sharing, and optimal landside logistics. The compliance checker, developed in partnership with Cargonaut, is an example of how collaboration within the Schiphol Cargo Community is also shaping its journey towards becoming Europe’s smartest cargo hub. “Together we will continue to pursue our ambitions of better digital information exchange, and further quality improvements in the supply chain, particularly for pharma, e-commerce, and perishables,” concludes van Stekelenburg.