Thursday, January 7, 2021

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to See Major IT Changes as Cargo Division Restructures

Staff Changes and Upgraded Digital Systems for Major European Freight Hub
Shipping News Feature

NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is restructuring its Cargo Division, bringing it into its new Aviation Business Development Division under the umbrella of business unit Airport Operations and Aviation Partnerships, from the first of March 2021.

The move will put all airline and cargo commercial and operational business into a single division and airport cargo information platform Cargonaut, recently acquired by Royal Schiphol Group, will also be part of the new grouping which sees Miriam Hoekstra - van der Deen step down as Director Airport Operations and succeeded by Patricia Vitalis, Senior Manager Process, Development & Capacity Management.

Bart Pouwels, Head of Cargo, and Ferry van der Ent, Director of Business Development will both leave Schiphol in March with a manager for the new Airline and Cargo Partnerships team being appointed over the coming weeks. Current Director Airport Operations Miriam Hoekstra - van der Deen commented:

“We would like to thank Bart and Ferry for their inspirational leadership over the years at Schiphol Cargo and wish them the best for the future. Cargo is, and remains, important to Schiphol and it supports the passenger network, making certain intercontinental routes profitable for many passenger airlines.

Having the route and business development managers and the cargo managers working more closely together will bring more synergy to the way we work and ensure that we can better support the airlines, especially during these challenging times.”

The new division will continue to support ongoing cargo initiatives by the community including Vaccines Gateway Netherlands, Pharma Gateway Amsterdam, the Holland Flower Alliance, and also the Smart Cargo Mainport Program (SCMP), and will continue to fight for a dedicated cargo slot pool. Patricia Vitalis commented:

“The SCMP remains an important pillar of our cargo strategy, we aim to be the smartest and most sustainable cargo hub in Europe. On the first of January we reached an important milestone, with all export goods delivered to Schiphol now completely digital. It is a good example of what you can do when you work together as a sector.”

Schiphol is continuing with the renewal of Cargonaut’s Port Community System (PCS), a modernisation which will take place over the next 24 months, with all current services and processes remaining as they are until the new IT system is fully operational.

The project aims to future-proof the whole of Schiphol’s cargo community, strengthening the relationship between private and public companies by enhancing innovation and information exchange in the Dutch logistics sector, and driving its competitive position as a leading cargo hub.

Photo: Miriam Hoekstra - van der Deen (L) and Patricia Vitalis (R).