Schiphol experiences cargo increase

Cargo is slowly growing at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, as officials have recorded a 5.2-percent, year-over-year increase in cargo tonnage handled at the airport during the first half of the year.

In a month-to-month comparison, 2011's totals have shown growth over last year's numbers in four of the previous sixth months. There is some reason for concern, however; June's total showed a 1.6-percent decrease when compared to the same period last year.

"Recent developments are in line with IATA’s overall statistics," said Schiphol's Enno Osinga in a statement, brushing off last month's slight decline. "But the increase of 5.2 percent at Schiphol is very acceptable to us, in particular when you consider the scale of our overall volumes. It’s significantly better than the performance of the other three major European gateways."

This year, Schiphol has continued its trend toward seeing more freighter traffic than belly cargo; freighter cargo is up 7.7 percent, year-over-year, and accounts for 57 percent of the cargo handled at Schiphol. The airport's cargo traffic to and from the Middle East and North America is growing, and traffic in and out of Asia is on the decline.

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