Pouwels to lead the cargo team in the new Schiphol aviation department

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has announced that current director of business devleopment for cargo – Bart Pouwels – will lead the cargo team within the new Schiphol aviation department.

He will take on his new role from 1 April and report directly to head of aviation marketing, cargo, and customer experience, Maaike van der Windt.

“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 10 years as industry manager express & freight.

The new department at Schiphol will consist of five teams: Cargo; Route and 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 continue our Cargo Community initiatives,” said van der Windt.

“Our (cargo) mission remains to connecting the Netherlands and to shape Europe’s smartest cargo hub.

“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.