Schiphol rewards quieter freighters
AirBridgeCargo is the first freighter operator this year to enjoy reduced airport charges at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, benefitting from Schiphol’s newly-introduced Cargo Sustainability Incentive Programme (CSIP).
AirBridgeCargo began operating its brand new, latest-generation B747-8F aircraft into Schiphol on February 4th, replacing previous generation B747-400 freighters. In comparison with the B747-400, airport charges for using this new type of aircraft in 2012 are 20% lower.
Schiphol’s CSIP joins the airport’s two other carrier incentive schemes. Under Schiphol’s Freighter Reward Programme, introduced in 2008, freighter operators can profit from a reward per destination for their first year of operating either new or additional year-round services.
For the passenger fleet, that is responsible for 50% of the total cargo volume, the Airline Reward Programme incentivises increased frequencies, the addition of new destinations, and the operation of off-peak services that result in more efficient airport utilisation by combination carriers. The programme applies for up to three years.
Says Schiphol Cargo Senior VP, Enno Osinga: “Schiphol is fully ready for the new and larger B747-8F. We particularly welcome this aircraft type, as it combines larger capacity with lower noise levels and improved fuel efficiency.
“We are always keen to encourage growth in Schiphol’s cargo business, but we want to achieve this in an environmentally-responsible manner. The 747-8F is a major step forward in the air cargo industry’s drive towards sustainability, and we hope to reward many more of our freighter customers for adopting it as a replacement for older, noisier and less fuel-efficient aircraft.”