schiphol © Jan Kranendonk
© Jan Kranendonk

Schiphol’s head of cargo, Jonas van Stekelenburg, is to leave the airport this summer following an internal shake-up which will see the cargo department merged into the aviation marketing department.

Maaike van der Windt will head up the new Aviation Marketing and Cargo Division from its launch on 1 April 2018.

But the airport, which famously has reached its legal capacity and has been forced to lose some freighter slots, insisted that despite the change, cargo will remain a core focus, and help it better align freighter and belly movements.

“The new department puts cargo at the heart of our airport and the teams will benefit from the combined expertise and the synergies this will bring,” said Mr van Stekelenburg.

“The new structure will ensure that cargo is robustly represented in the future,” said Ms van der Windt, pictured.

“Furthermore, we recognise the importance of belly capacity beside full freight capacity and aligning cargo with passenger network and business development ensures we optimise opportunities.”

Ms Van der Windt will report to André van der Berg, Schiphol’s chief commercial officer, “ensuring that cargo continues to have a direct line into the hub’s leadership team” said the airport in a statement.

“Cargo is important to Schiphol and aligning the departments in this way ensures that we can continue to develop our service quality for our freight community,” said van der Berg

Ms Van der Windt has two decades of experience working in the aviation industry and joined Schiphol Group as head of aviation marketing last year after working in a number of senior management roles for Brisbane Airport, Australia.

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