Bart Pouwels to lead cargo team within new Schiphol aviation department

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Monday, 19th March 2018 – Bart Pouwels, currently Director Business Development Cargo at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, will take on his new role effective 1st April.

He will report directly to Head of Aviation Marketing, Cargo, and Customer Experience Maaike van der Windt and lead a team of two additional Cargo Business Development Directors, Ferry van der Ent, and Saskia van Pelt.

“I am dedicated to air freight and am looking forward to using my experience to ensure the value of air cargo at Schiphol is recognised now and in the future,” said Pouwels.

Pouwels has been with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol since 2008 and has almost 20 years of experience in the air freight sector, starting his career with Jet Services as Key Account Manager, and moving to DHL where he spent ten years as Industry Manager Express & Freight.

The new department at Schiphol will consist of five teams: Cargo; Route & Business Development; Traffic Analysis and Forecasting; Marketing & Communications; and Customer Experience.

“Bart is a valuable part of the cargo team, and he, together with Saskia van Pelt and Ferry van der Ent, will continue to focus and support the air cargo industry and our Cargo Community initiatives,” said van der Windt.

“Our (cargo) mission remains to shape Europe’s smartest cargo hub and integrating cargo into a bigger division will put cargo closer to the heart of our organisation as it increases its proximity to the airport’s Management Board.”

During his time with the Schiphol Cargo team, Bart has worked on projects involving slot allocation, aeronautical affairs, and airline account management.

He has been pivotal in the drive to digitalise the perishables and cool chain cargo flows at Schiphol, including the recent data sharing initiative by the Holland Flower Alliance.


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Bart Pouwels, Director Business Development Cargo, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

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About Schiphol Cargo

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the third largest air cargo hub in Europe, moving 1.75 million tonnes in 2017.

Schiphol offers 525.000 m2 of cargo warehouses, of which 40 per cent have direct airside access. This includes facilities for perishables and pharma/life science cargo in multiple controlled-temperature zones, featuring refrigerated/deep-freezer and heated storage/handling facilities.

Over 150 logistics service providers are situated in the airport region, with over 50 per cent of all American and Asian European Distribution Centres located in the Netherlands.

Schiphol benefits from close proximity to the Ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam and an unparalleled European road feeder and distribution network.

In March 2016, Schiphol and its cargo community launched Pharma Gateway Amsterdam that offers a CEIV-certified, closed, and transparent pharma airport process.

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About Schiphol Group

Schiphol Group is an enterprise that operates airports in the Netherlands, conducts international operations and participates in foreign airports.

Operating Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the Group’s largest activity.

Schiphol Group is the owner and operator of Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Lelystad Airport, and holds a majority share in Eindhoven Airport.

Schiphol Group’s mission is Connecting the Netherlands: permanently connecting the Netherlands to the rest of the world in order to contribute to economic welfare and social welfare in this country and elsewhere; Connecting to compete and to complete.

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