When one thinks or discusses the Dutch air cargo scene, then thoughts always centre around Amsterdam Schiphol airport.
Nobody really takes notice of airports in Rotterdam or even Eindhoven which is situated further east of Schiphol. In case of Eindhoven this might change soon.
There is a regular passenger charter business flying out of Eindhoven.
Carriers such as Ryanair, Wizz Air, Transavia, Jetairfly and Corendon Airlines use the regional airport for charter flights to Western, Eastern and Central Europe as well as to Turkey and North Africa.
But - these flights carry very little or no cargo on them.
Probably some transport Dutch and maybe German newspapers and magazines to the holiday destinations.
But that would be about all.
Arke Fly will operate the Boeing 787-800 to Dutch Antilles
Maybe all of the above will change as of 1. November this year.
Arke Fly will start twice-weekly passenger services from Eindhoven to the Caribbean destinations of Aruba and Curacao on the above mentioned date.
This is planned to be a year-round service according to the Arke managers.
The carrier is targeting not only Dutch tourists, but also Germans and Belgians.
What about cargo then?
The B787-800 is a long-range aircraft with attractive belly space and even with high density seating, which usually means much baggage; there is still room for some cargo tonnage.
So far nobody has heard whether Arke has or will appoint a cargo GSA to look at bringing more revenue on board by adding cargo to the flights.
The same applies for the return trip from Curacao. There is cargo there to be had.
Admittedly, Eindhoven airport, although being the home of electronic giant Philips is not really geared towards air cargo handling.
Might this change in the near future?
If so, then Schiphol gets some competition.
But, we are sure they’ll not worry too much about it.
John Mc Donagh