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Secondary cargo airports set to outpace Europe’s main air freight hubs

Will Waters | 2018-06-08 13:23:22.0 Infrastructure limitations expected to hinder growth at the big metropolitan gateways, stakeholder poll finds, offset by community cooperation based on smarter technology Secondary cargo airports are expected grow faster than Europe’s current main air cargo hubs over the next few years, although congestion at the latter may be offset by better community cooperation based on smarter technology, according to a poll organised by road feeder services specialist Jan de Rijk Logistics at an event on 7 June at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

A large diverse group of forwarders, airlines, GSAs, handling agents, and other interest groups at Schiphol participated in the poll, in which a number of market trends were analysed. More than 80% said that apparent infrastructure limitations would hinder growth at the main cargo hubs in Europe, which would benefit secondary airports. Almost 70% of the participants believe that the growth of airports with smaller natural catchment areas was leading to a faster growth of air cargo trucking volumes compared to the growth of cargo flown by air, Jan de Rijk said.

On the other hand, all of the respondents appeared to be optimistic about the future of Schiphol, despite the airport’s current slot restrictions. Around 60% think that the competitive position of Schiphol airport will improve in the next three years due to a better cooperation of the community based on smarter technology. Nevertheless almost 60% of the companies that were present were not yet ready to go 100% paperless. “So, there are still challenges ahead to further improve the air cargo supply chain at Schiphol, although the outlook remains positive,” Jan de Rijk said.

Finally, people were asked what they value most in selecting their road feeding service provider. ‘Good performance’ was mentioned as the most important element, followed by ‘large network’, and ‘quality of customer service’. The price and the extent of digitisation were the least important criteria in this selection, Jan de Rijk noted. Concerns about infrastructure limitations at the main cargo hubs in Europe were highlighted last winter, when key airports including Frankfurt and Amsterdam experienced capacity and staffing issues led to restrictions on the number of freighter slots available at Schiphol and led to delays and backlogs at Frankfurt.

The road freight and logistics specialist said it was organising similar yearly events at large airports in Europe to facilitate networking between different sectors and to obtain valuable industry insights.

Jan de Rijk Logistics operates a fleet of more than 1,000 vehicles throughout Europe, as well as providing warehouse service and retail distribution.

It has 27 offices in 13 countries and more than 1,300 employees within Europe.



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