Schiphol’s cargo arm to undergo another restructuring; sees two more senior-level exits

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is restructuring its Cargo Division, bringing it under the new Aviation Business Development Division within the umbrella of Business Unit Airport Operations and Aviation Partnerships.

Starting March 01, 2021, the move will put all airline and cargo commercial and operational business into a single division under the leadership of Anne Marie van Hemert, Sr Manager Aviation Business Development who will report to Patricia Vitalis, the new Head of Airport Operations and Aviation Partnerships Business Unit.

The restructuring finally marks the end of an era for Schiphol, which rose to become one of the most respected cargo airports in the world under the tenure of Enno Osinga, along with Pouwels.

Bart Pouwels, Head of Cargo, as well as Ferry van der Ent, Director of Business Development will both leave Schiphol in March.

In addition, Miriam Hoekstra – van der Deen will step down as Director Airport Operations and will be succeeded by Patricia Vitalis.

“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,” said Miriam Hoekstra – van der Deen.

A manager for the new Airline and Cargo Partnerships team, she said, will be appointed over the coming weeks.

“Cargo is, and remains, important to Schiphol and it supports the passenger network, making certain intercontinental routes profitable for many passenger airlines,” said Miriam Hoekstra – van der Deen.

“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 the Vaccines Gateway Netherlands, Pharma Gateway Amsterdam, Holland Flower Alliance, and the Smart Cargo Mainport Program (SCMP), and will continue to fight for a dedicated cargo slot pool.

Airport cargo information platform Cargonaut, recently acquired by Royal Schiphol Group, will also be part of the new Aviation Business Development Division.

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

The project will 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.

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