In March the number of cargo flights to and from Schiphol rose by 3.2 percent compared to the same month last year, to reach a total of 1,338. There was a significant increase in the number of dedicated cargo aircraft at Schiphol (+25 percent) in the last week of March.
Even though cargo is generally carried in a dedicated cargo aircraft, there are also combinations of passenger planes with cargo in the hold. This was unable to compensate for the decrease in cargo in the hold of passenger aircraft over the entire month of March and the tonnage transported decreased by 16.8 percent despite the upward trend in the number of cargo aircraft during the last week.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s air cargo community is cooperating and collaborating to meet changing demand due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Airlines, handlers, hauliers, freight forwarders, Customs and other supply chain partners operating at Schiphol are working more closely than ever before to keep the cargo moving through the supply chain.
Bart Pouwels, head of cargo, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, commented:“We have a strong air cargo community and are proud to see how the supply chain has worked together to ensure the cargo keeps on moving.
“What I personally like to see is that all parties are currently working together even more than usual, for example, the Customs authorities are fully cooperating to clear important shipments quickly.”