Over 100 people participated in the Cargoport event at Eindhoven Airport earlier this month. Quite an impressive gathering for an airport from which – bar the odd freighter – not a single ton is airlifted. The exporting community in both its immediate and the wider vicinity may however benefit from clustered handling and trucking.
Eindhoven is located in the southern parts of the Netherlands commonly referred to as ‘below the rivers’ Meuse and Rhine. Apart from budget carriers Ryanair and Wizz, it is also served by holiday companies s.a. Corendon, ArkeFlye, Transavia, Thomas Cook and Onur Air. Its catchment area encompasses the Dutch provinces of North-Brabant, in which Eindhoven itself is located, and Limburg as well as the northern Belgian provinces Antwerp and - again - Limburg. The region can also be considered as an important industrial and business environment. Eindhoven is, after all, the heartland of the Philips concern.
The fact that a lot of these companies are regularly sending half-empty trucks to neighbouring airports like Schiphol or Brussels, has prompted some of them to start considering other options. Eventually Air France/KLM/Martinair Cargo, Emirates Airlines, TLS Logistics, Rhenus Logistics, Cargo Masters, Air Cargo Netherlands, Bos Logistics, Special Cargo Services, Lufthansa Cargo and ground handler Viggo decided to set up the Cargoport concept. Viggo’s 20,000 m² warehouse is to be the pivotal part of the concept. As for security, the Viggo premises are already well served by explosive detection dogs.
The local business community is willing to go along with the idea. Marcel Wijnhoven, the recently appointed Global Head of Transportation and Warehousing at computer chips manufacturer ASML, said that the Cargoport concept might offer ASML an opportunity to battle some of the capacity constraints en route to Schiphol.
The bundling of volumes and the entailing reduction of trucks fits perfectly in the Green & Lean principle set up and supported by both the Dutch government and the economic operators. Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo, which has already outsourced some activities to Viggo, may find another innovative solution in pre-handling, according to Benelux manager Wijnand de Groot.