Schiphol Cargo is to merge with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s existing Aviation and Marketing Department with Jonas van Stekelenburg stepping down.
Maaike van der Windt will head up the new Aviation Marketing and Cargo Division from its launch on 1 April 2018. Jonas van Stekelenburg, who has headed up Schiphol Cargo for close to three years, will support the development of the Division, before leaving for what was described as “a new challenge outside Schiphol this summer”.
“The new department puts cargo at the heart of our airport and the teams will benefit from the combined expertise and the synergies this will bring,” said van Stekelenburg.
Van der Windt has two decades of experience working in the aviation industry and joined Schiphol Group as head of Aviation Marketing last year after working in a number of senior management roles for Brisbane Airport, Australia.
“The new structure will ensure that cargo is robustly represented in the future,” said van der Windt. “Furthermore, we recognise the importance of belly capacity beside full freight capacity and aligning cargo with passenger network and business development ensures we optimise opportunities.”
Van der Windt will report to André van der Berg, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s chief commercial officer (CCO), ensuring that cargo continues to have a direct line into the hub’s leadership team.
“Cargo is important to Schiphol and aligning the departments in this way ensures that we can continue to develop our service quality for our freight community,” said van der Berg.
“I would like to thank Jonas for his dedication to Schiphol Cargo, his pursuit of enhanced ground operations and for driving digital efforts under the Smart Cargo Mainport Program.”
As head of Cargo, Jonas van Stekelenburg initiated various digitalisation solutions for shipments, including advanced trucking data, Customs data, and flower production and shipment data.
“I really enjoyed working with everybody in the cargo and aviation industry. Cargo is not difficult but – because of the many players and the many aspects of shipments – can be quite complex. Solving these puzzles is a real joy,” said van Stekelenburg.
“I look forward to starting a new challenge as of the summer, making good use of the experience gained at Schiphol.”
Schiphol, long a major cargo hub for Europe has been fraught with problems since a slot-reduction process was put in place last year because the airport was nearing its 500,000 annual aircraft movement cap, agreed to in 2008.
The slot-reduction hit main deck operations in particular because of the irregular nature of cargo demand. Freighter flights were hit by the 80:20 rule whereby an airline, if it uses more than 80 per cent of its allocated slots, it acquires a historic right to the set of slots and will automatically be allowed to operate its flights in the next season. An airline that uses fewer than 80 per cent of its allocated slots automatically loses them.
Various industry associations and airlines, including KLM Cargo, have pushed for the implementation of the so-called ‘local rule’, which aims to make it easier for carriers to adapt their schedules to changing market requirements, without losing grandfather rights to their slots. In addition, all slots that are not flown would be reallocated with priority for all cargo flights up to 25 per cent of the unused slots.
Although approved by the Dutch government, the final approval must come from the European Commission, which thus far has not dealt with the issue.