Emirates SkyCargo is launching two scheduled B777 freighter services per week to Maastricht starting 6 February, its second maindeck destination in the Netherlands after Amsterdam Schiphol, which remains mired in its slot constraint problem.
Three Dutch shipper and logistics organizations have called on the government to speed up the implementation of the so-called ‘local rule’ on aircraft landing slots at Amsterdam Schiphol and put an end to a crisis that has cut full freighter numbers by 12 per cent since the end of October.
The local rule will give more flexibility to freighters and is being advocated by the Dutch Shippers’ Council (evofenedex), Transport & Logistics Netherlands and Air Cargo Netherlands, among others.
But any hope of having the local rule implemented before the start of the summer schedule in March now seems unlikely following the adjournment of the Dutch house of representatives, or ‘Tweede Kamer’ without any discussion on the rule.
Meanwhile, Emirates SkyCargo will initially operate two freighter flights a week to Maastricht, but starting end-March, SkyCargo will be increasing its freighter frequency to Maastricht to seven weekly flights, driven at least partly by the problem at Schiphol. The freighter flights to Maastricht are expected to “supplement the cargo capacity offered on freighter and passenger aircraft to Amsterdam”, as well as providing air cargo connectivity to neighbouring regions in Belgium and Germany. Expected products to be moved in and out of Maastricht will include general and e-commerce cargo and pharmaceuticals.
“Emirates SkyCargo is delighted to be starting scheduled freighter services to Maastricht. The Netherlands is one of our most important cargo markets globally and the freighters to Maastricht will allow us to build a stronger presence to respond to customer needs in the region. In addition, the vibrant business and logistics community around Maastricht will now have access to seamless trade connections to over 155 destinations across six continents on the Emirates SkyCargo network,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, Cargo.
“We look forward to serving this important air cargo customer at Maastricht Airport. This win is a culmination of several months of hard and successful work by our team. We would like to thank Emirates SkyCargo for their trust and confidence in our services and we will strive to fulfil and exceed their expectations and continue to improve our performance,” said Jos Roeven, managing director for Maastricht Aachen Airport.