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NL: Flowers won't grow at Schiphol airport as it focuses on cargo quality not quantity

Schiphol needs to “reinvent” itself – and then tell the world it has done so, according to new cargo boss Joost van Doesburg. Back in the day, Schiphol was always proud – in Europe, anyway – of its ability to grow, geographically speaking. But the limit on slots, particularly for freighters, stopped that in its tracks.

Covid then wrought havoc on airports the world over as staff numbers fell. “Last year Schiphol was very chaotic,” Mr van Doesburg told The Loadstar at Transport Logistic in Munich last week. “We needed to come up with a new plan.

“It used to be that we had lots of space, and we drove the airport on volumes – the more volumes, the better. But now we have no slots left.

“There are several options on slots, including a plan to ensure 2.5% are reserved for freighters, but that doesn’t really matter; we can’t steer the airport base on volumes anymore. It has to be on quality.” Cargo remains critically important to the airport, he added.


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