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AMSTERDAM: September 02, 2019. Schiphol Airport (SPL) reports a 9.2 percent overall drop in cargo volume to 767,519 tonnes for the first half of 2019, compared to the same period last year.

Despite the ongoing trade war between China and Trump, Shanghai remained the main destination for SPL outbound services that saw 88,481 tonnes carried in the first six months of 2019, followed by Moscow with 38,633 tonnes.

“The mid-year figures reflect our expectations for a decrease in overall freighter volume as we continue to face slot scarcity, on top of a weakening of the global air cargo market,” commented airport head of Cargo Bart Pouwels.

SPL full freighter volumes fell 16.4 percent as flight frequencies dropped 14.4 percent for the period.

KLM SPL freight volumes“As a mainport for the Netherlands, we are concerned about the negative developments within the air cargo market and the consequences it has for the overall network of our airlines at Schiphol. With a decrease of full freighters, we may become less attractive for freight forwarders, as the forwarders need a mix of full freight and belly cargo to operate sustainably.

“This may result in forwarders leaving Schiphol and the airport becoming less attractive for airlines as belly cargo contributes significantly to certain routes. So, the consequence may be that the network may be impacted as well,” he added.

SPL first half-year figures show a volume drop across all markets, apart from small increases in North America outbound traffic and the Middle East inbound:

• The Asia inbound market was down 10 percent to 131,725 tonnes and outbound decreased 13 percent to 130,520 tonnes.

• European traffic fell 15 percent inbound to 47,493 tonnes year-on-year, while outbound was down 8.0 percent to 54,756 tonnes.

• North America dropped 13 percent inbound to 56,314 tonnes but increased 4.0 percent outbound to 82,242 tonnes.

• The Latin America inbound market fell 10 percent to 58,666 tonnes and 8.0 percent to 37,184 tonnes for outbound cargo.

• Africa outbound traffic dropped 4.0 percent year-on-year to 25,489 tonnes while inbound cargo dropped a significant 20 percent to 46,518 tonnes.

• While inbound Middle Eastern region traffic rose 5.0 percent in HI, the result was offset by a 6.0 percent fall in outbound volume to 44,603 and 52,008 tonnes respectively.

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