Air cargo growth challenges for Amsterdam

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Overall air cargo tonnage handled at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was up 2.3 per cent for the first nine months compared to the same period in 2010.

September saw traffic growth dwindle however, down six per cent on 2010, owing to falls to and from Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

Cargo senior VP, Enno Osinga said: “It’s clear that economic worries in the USA and Euro zone are feeding down to cargo traffic, particularly to and from the Far East. Although other markets are still looking robust, they cannot make up for the shortfalls in this major production and consumer region.

“What began as a very positive 2011 is now proving very challenging for the industry, and the last three months of 2011 are not likely to reverse the recent downward trend. Once confidence returns to consumer markets, the picture will improve again.”

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