New air freight business Samskip Air launched
Samskip has established Samskip Air, a new air freight division at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands. The new business unit is tasked with growing the company’s existing air freight volumes as well as establishing new routes and developing opportunities for cooperation with Samskip’s pan-European multimodal network.
Samskip Air will be managed by Hans Blauw, who previously occupied executive positions with KLM, Hellman Worldwide, FedEx, TNT and ALM (Aircraft Load Management). He will report to Mon Verstegen, the general manager of freight forwarding at Samskip Logistics.
“The opportunity to help Samskip Air become a force in airfreight logistics was too good to miss, in a market that is currently under-served on quality”, says Blauw. “The group has exceptional skills in temperature-controlled goods, pharmaceuticals, electrical goods and automotive parts, and there is always room for services that offer reliability, cargo handling expertise, security and robust documentation”
While Covid-19 brought a dip in 2020 traffic, recent years have seen annual freight volumes handled by Dutch airports stabilize at between 1.6 million and 1.8 million tonnes. Around 93% of this freight is handled at Schiphol, Europe’s no.2 airport for freight.
“Schiphol is a global gateway for air freight and provides a European gateway to Samskip’s multimodal network of trucks, trains, barges and short-sea vessels”, says Martijn Tasma, director global forwarding at Samskip Logistics. “Hans’s track record speaks for itself and we are delighted to welcome him aboard as the entrepreneurial engine driving Samskip Air.”
Samskip handles 850,000 TEU in container traffic each year, as well as sizeable general, breakbulk and project cargo volumes.