Traffic and transport figures for February 2018
February of this year saw 4.8 million passengers travelling to, from or via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, representing an increase of +9.6% relative to last year. Due to the winter weather and strong winds, flights were cancelled on 9th and 28th February. Nevertheless, the number of air transport movements rose by +5.0%.
The growth in passenger numbers was due to larger aircraft (an average of 3 extra seats, to 170 per passenger flight movement) and an improved load factor (up 1.7 percentage points to 84.4%). This month, the number of transfer passengers (+11.8%) increased more quickly than O&D passengers (+8.7%).
The number of cargo flights declined in February by -3.6%, also partly due to the bad weather in February. The growth in belly cargo (in the belly of passenger aircraft) compensated for the decline in full freighter volume, resulting in a total growth in cargo volume of +0.5%.
Over 3.3 million passengers travelled within Europe, an increase of +10.1%. Nearly all countries experienced growth in traffic. The fastest-growing routes are towards Eastern Europe and the Balkan countries. Schiphol's largest market, the United Kingdom, also grew by +8.0% compared to last year.
Intercontinental traffic grew by +8.7%, with traffic to and from India increasing quickly. Traffic to and from the Americas also increased, particularly with regard to Brazil, Chile and Mexico. Schiphol's largest intercontinental market is the United States of America, which also experienced strong passenger growth of +9.3% relative to a year earlier.
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