There are no more than a handful of airports in the world of aviation that successfully handle both passengers and cargo. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is one of the airports capable of achieving this. In 2020, all of 1,441,522 tonnes of cargo were transported via Schiphol. Schiphol thus retains third place in Europe, making it one of the leading European cargo airports.
But what does it take to become and stay successful? Schiphol believes that the solution lies in smarter cargo processes. We believe in cooperation with key parties in the chain, such as airlines and handling agents, but also logistics service providers, transport companies and government entities, such as Dutch Customs. Our role as an airport is to inspire and challenge these chain parties (our cargo community) to contribute to a smarter, more transparent and more efficient cargo process, and help us realise our ambition of becoming Europe’s smartest cargo hub. What does it mean to be the smartest cargo hub? A high-performance cargo marketplace is of great significance to the Dutch economy. Efficient cargo processes help goods reach their destination faster, thus promoting the Netherlands as an air cargo hub, creating employment opportunities and boosting Schiphol’s international trade function. The value of the cargo transported by air far outstrips that of the cargo transported by sea, by road or by rail. Moreover, air cargo is faster.