Five questions with ... Rene de Koning
You see less demand in Europe because our customers are selling less, which also means we import less from China. You see a shift from airfreight to oceanfreight because the customers are really starting to plan their business more professionally. The planning, they can do with the pipeline of oceanfrieght for 28 days. On the other hand, we see some of our fashion customers, like Michael Kors, are growing. So for them, we do the store openings, and we do freight out of Asia into Europe and from the U.S., and that’s still growing. And we see the big high-tech firms are going down.
4. What regions are you eying for growth and why?
It’s Brazil; it’s China. It’s India because it’s a huge market that grows. We just saw for the first time, exports to China grow faster than the exports out of China. What I expect within five years is that India will also reach a certain wealth rate. We’re also looking to grow in Australia because we have a good team there. You can have a strategy about where you want to open up offices, but you can better have a strategy about where you have a good team. They can grow the business. So, what you see in Australia is very stable growth. They’re doing very well, and they’re very
5. What’s the No. 1 goal you would like to accomplish in your role as head of airfreight business development at Leipzig/Halle Airport?
In light of the current capacity bottlenecks at Western European airports, it is our goal to press ahead with the positive development of the airport and steer additional flows of goods to and from Europe through Leipzig/Halle, which will attract new airlines. Our major focus is on textiles, pharmaceutical products, perishables and goods associated with the automobile sector. But we are also providing services for niche markets like large animal transportation and outsize cargo, along with focusing on a greater intensification of charter traffic. The airport also has areas, some of them with access to the apron, which we want to develop together with airfreight logistics companies or industries linked to airfreight.