July 19 - Freight volumes at Schiphol Cargo - the cargo department of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands - reached 796,801 tonnes in the first six months of 2016, representing a 1.6 percent year-on-year increase.
There were 8,801 freighter movements during the first half of the year, compared with 8,218 in the same period of 2015 - a 7.1 percent rise.
According to Schiphol Cargo, the strongest growth was recorded by European freight, which was up 41.7 percent year-on-year.
The Dutch airport department attributed the growth to development at a number of carriers including Silk Way, which flies freight to Asia via Baku, and AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) which delivers cargo to customers via its Moscow hub. Both Moscow and Baku are defined as Europe.
Asia remains Schiphol's biggest market but a 5.8 percent drop in volumes was recorded over the six-month period. African freight, meanwhile, showed 2.3 percent growth in the first half of the year at 90,870 tonnes; while cargo to North America grew by 1.1 percent year-on-year.