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SCHIPHOL: January 31, 2019. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has reported a 4.1 per cent increase in total belly cargo and an average decrease of 2.5 per cent in overall freight volumes for last year.

“In 2018, despite a slight decrease in overall freight volumes, we built on a number of initiatives that enhance the experience of our pharmaceutical, e-commerce, and perishables customers, and our continued commitment to quality is having positive results,” said Maaike van der Windt, airport director Aviation Marketing, Cargo and Customer Experience (pictured).

Maaike van der windt“We experienced a year of ups and downs in 2018, and in 2019 we will continue to focus on close collaboration with our cargo community through the Smart Cargo Mainport Program to pursue ambitions such as an increase in digital information exchange and quality improvements in the supply chain,” she explained.

Schiphol initiates or co-creates smart cargo solutions to help its airfreight community including the Holland Flower Alliance together with Royal FloraHolland and KLM Cargo, and the Pharma Gateway Amsterdam that offers a CEIV-certified, closed and transparent pharma airport process.

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) has become the first major airline group to pass successfully the IATA CEIV Pharma re-certification process for its hub operations in Amsterdam and Paris, as well as for individual airline processes.

The group says this reconfirms its focus on the pharma business as a top priority - not only investing in its digital transformation but also increasing quality standards and cool chain solutions.

“IATA CEIV Pharma re-certification ensures that we work with the right partners,” noted Nina Heinz, DHL Global Forwarding head of Network & Quality. “In our common quest to ensure product integrity and patient safety for life sciences and healthcare, it is critical that all of our partners throughout the supply chain adhere to the same highest service and quality standards,” she added.

Schiphol Airport reported freight volumes of 1.7 million tonnes in 2018. By comparison, AFKLMP carried 1.1 million tonnes in 2017.

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