Amsterdam Schiphol airport boosted freight traffic by a modest, but significant, 2 percent in September from a year ago on higher outbound shipments to Asia, which consolidated its ranking as Europe’s third-largest cargo hub.
Traffic rose to 125,725 metric tons from 123,319 tons in September 2011, boosting Schiphol’s lead over fourth-ranked London Heathrow, which saw cargo dip 1.7 percent in the month to 121,135 tons.
Europe-Asia was the only long-haul route to register higher traffic year-over-year, with growth of 8.4 percent to 23,583 tons from 21,761 tons. In contrast, inbound shipments from the Far East declined 5 percent to 25,456 tons from 26,800 tons in September 2011.
The number of full freighter flights fell 4.1 percent to 1,337 during September and was down 1 percent in the first nine months, totaling 11,608.
Schiphol, which trails Paris Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt airports, handled 1.1 million tons of cargo in the first nine months of the year, a decline of 2.7 percent on 1.3 million tons in the same period in 2011.
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