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Page 20 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC SEPT, 2019 Amsterdam half-year totals hit by freighter volumes and slot scarcity Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AAS) has reported its total half-year cargo volume decreased by 9.2 per cent to 767,519 tonnes compared with 2018, though its belly cargo volume increased by 0.9 per cent. Full freighter cargo volumes were down by 16.4 per cent, with a decrease of full freighter movements of 14.4 per cent, but total belly cargo increased by 3.3 per cent. The figures show that Shanghai, China, remains the main destination for AAS, reaching 88,481 tonnes in the first six months of 2019 despite the ongoing trade tensions with the US. Shanghai was followed by Mos- cow, Russia with 38,633 tonnes. “The mid-year figures reflect our expectations for a decrease in overall freighter volume as we continue to face slot scarcity on top of a weaker global air car- go market,” said Bart Pouwels, head of Cargo, AAS. “As a main port for the Netherlands, we are con- cerned about the neg- ative developments within the air cargo market and the conse- quences it has for the overall network of our airlines at Schiphol. “With a decrease of full freighters, we may become less attractive for freight forwarders, as the forwarders need a mix of full freight and belly cargo to operate sustainably. “This may result in forwarders leaving Schiphol and the airport becoming less attractive for airlines as belly cargo contributes significantly to certain routes. “So, the consequence may be that the network may be impacted as well. “We are keen to maintain our network of destina- tions, for which we need to keep our cargo volumes at a sustainable level.” The mid-year figures revealed a decrease in vol- umes across all markets, apart from small increases in North America outbound and the Middle East inbound. The Asian inbound market was down by 10 per cent to 131,725 tonnes, and outbound decreased by 13 per cent to 130,520 tonnes. European figures showed a 15 per cent inbound decline to 47,493 tonnes, compared to the same pe- riod last year, and outbound was down by eight per cent to 54,756 tonnes. The North American market saw a 13 per cent in- bound decrease to 56,314 tonnes, and an increase in outbound cargo of four per cent to 82,242 tonnes. The Latin American market showed negative growth with inbound cargo down 10 per cent to 58,666 tonnes, and an eight per cent decrease in outbound cargo to 37,184 tonnes. The African market showed negative outbound results with a four per cent decrease in cargo to 25,489 tonnes, while inbound cargo decreased by 20 per cent to 46,518 tonnes. The Middle Eastern region went up by five per cent (inbound) but declined six per cent (outbound) to 44,603 and 52,008 tonnes respectively. Bart Pouwels Mid-year figures at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol show cargo volume has decreased MASkargo asked to cut new charges In Malaysia, air freight stakeholders want MASkargo to amend new charges that could cause imports to the country to cost 10-12 per cent more. The secretary-general of the Malaysian National Shippers Council Nathan Suppiah said the prices of salmon, apples and other imported produce could be affected. The industry is concerned about a raft of changed charges including a terminal charge, a special handling fee and a cold- room charge that previously were free to use for 24 hours. MASkargo ceo Ibrahim Mohamad Salleh said the airline’s operating costs had gone up since 2013 and also, the new charges would help the cargo airline recoup investments in cargo handling facilities. An importer commented that the new charges also could cause exports to be diverted to Singapore by road because “they have no terminal charges”.