Schiphol airport’s cargo volume slips 8% in 2020

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s total cargo volume for 2020 declined by 8 per cent to 1.44 million tonnes compared to 2019. The airport notes that the last year’s freight volumes were shipped in three categories of flights. Full freighters accounted for 61 per cent of total volume, whilst passenger flights with belly space as well as passenger flights with only freight on board (pax-cargo-only) accounted for 29 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively.
Inbound cargo volumes dropped by 4.7 per cent to 754,361 tonnes in 2020 compared to 2019, and outbound cargo volumes fell 11.7 per cent to 687,161 tonnes during the same period. The three biggest destinations for cargo tonnage were Shanghai, Doha and Chicago.

“The 2020 figures are in line with our expectations given the challenging year we all had to face,” said Patricia Vitalis, incoming Director Airport Operations and Aviation Partnerships.
Schiphol airport saw outbound traffic drop across regions, with Asia down 8.21 per cent to 238,889 tonnes in 2020 compared to 2019. Meanwhile, inbound cargo volume declined 0.58 per cent to 266,688 tonnes. The outbound North American market fell 8.27 per cent to 150,988 tonnes, whilst inbound was down 9.72 per cent to 101,132 tonnes. Cargo inbound to Latin America declined 10.84 per cent to 102,983 tonnes and outbound dropped 4.28 percent to 72,899 tonnes.

European figures show outbound traffic fell 28.62 per cent to 85,395 tonnes and inbound increased 0.01 per cent to 106,487 tonnes. The Middle East market inbound showed a positive story as inbound was up 8.51 per cent to 101,014 tonnes, but outbound was down 9.28 percent to 96,321 tonnes.

Outbound traffic to Africa was down 17.67 per cent to 42,669 tonnes and inbound declined 21 per cent to 76,057 tonnes. Schiphol airport saw flower imports from Africa dip in the first half of the year, but stabilised later in the year. As part of its sustainability efforts, the airport joined the Circular Plastics Alliance and introduced standardised box sizes for flower consignments. This is expected to reduce the importers’ carbon footprint by 25 percent, whilst increasing their profitability by 25 percent.

“I am proud of our cargo community and our team at Schiphol, who have worked hard to continue supporting our customers through the pandemic in a constantly changing business landscape and for providing new routes for new cargo airlines to transport essential PPE consignments,” Vitalis noted.