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Schiphol's first half of 2013 shows 'similar pattern' to 2012

By Hpanchal on July 29, 2013

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has continued to show modest cargo growth throughout the first half of 2013.

The total of 736,608 tonnes handled through the airport represents an increase of 1.02 percent from 2012.

Total exports for the first half-year rose to 362,124 tonnes, a 49.16-percent share of the total. The proportion of imports fell slightly to 50.84 percent, with a total of 374,484 tonnes.

"2013 is showing a similar pattern to 2012 so far, with an early peak around March,” Schiphol cargo senior VP Enno Osinga, said. “There has been a small decline in freighter flights of around 1 percent, which reflects the tightening of freighter capacity by some carriers in the face of rising costs and soft rates."

Schiphol's largest market remained Asia. The 281,410 tonnes on cargo (up 3 percent) was 38.2 percent of all freight. Exports to Asia rose 6 percent to 140,388 tonnes, while imports from Asia rose slightly.

North America remained Schiphol's second largest market, with imports up 3 percent to 65,282 tonnes and exports down 11 percent at 60,079 tonnes. This represents an overall share of 17.02 percent (down from 17.94 percent).

The Middle East moved up to third place with 38,088 tonnes of imports (up 16 percent) and 55,294 tonnes of exports (up 4.8 percent), creating overall growth of 9 percent. The increase in imports was largely due to the entry of various Middle East carriers into the Africa-Amsterdam flower trade, resulting in transhipments via the Middle East and re-classification of some Africa-originating traffic.

As a result, Africa slipped to fourth place, with 55,641 tonnes of imports (down 3.8 percent) and 29,827 tonnes of exports (down 4.4 percent).

Latin America kept fifth place, with 40,492 tonnes of imports (down 4.8 percent) and 44,555 tonnes of exports (up 3.9 percent). The apparent reduction in imports resulted from re-routing of some South-America-originating flights via Miami, resulting in their re-classification as U.S. traffic.

Europe saw a small overall gain of 1.28 percent in the first half-year, with a 9.3 percent fall in imports and a 12 percent growth in exports.