Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will soon house a secondary equine-handling center, thanks to a joint venture between Aviapartner and European Cargo Services. The facility, which opens in December, will initially only cater to horses; it will handle other live animals at a later date, according to a press release.
Key features of the equine-handling center include 24 horse stalls, a separate quarantine area, cleaning facilities for air-stalls and direct access to a cargo ramp. The center will also adhere to stringent veterinary regulations and keep experienced grooms on standby to ensure equine care isn’t compromised.
Schiphol’s new equine-handling facility will also operate as a Border Inspection Post for Customs clearance of horses into Europe, according to the press release.
European Cargo Services’ Edwin Hofstede spoke out about his high hopes for the new center. “The combined in-house expertise and know-how of ECS and Aviapartner, our prime location, the resources to handle all aircraft types, and the ability to add ground transportation mean we can provide the market with a one-stop shop for all horse movements through Schiphol,” Hofstede said.
Saskia van Pelt, business development director for Schiphol Cargo, said the upcoming facility will also propel the airport’s live-animal-handling operations. “We believe the creation of this additional facility strengthens our position in this demanding and specialized market sector, and will further increase the appeal of Schiphol as a gateway for live animal movements into and out of Europe,” she said in a statement.