BRUSSELS AIRPORT

Brussels Airport invests heavily in logistics
Brussels Airport, 30 November 2012

Since two years Brussels Airport is implementing a new strategy to play a key role as intercontinental air cargo hub. Compared to other transport sectors, air cargo provides an exceptional added value to our economy.  Worldwide cargo development has a growth potential that is much higher than our domestic economic growth rate, which means that it can be a driving force for
economic growth and job creation in our country. Attracting and rooting international forwarders and airlines is the cornerstone of the new strategy Brussels Airport develops with regard to air cargo. Their commitment to our national airport is  furthered by
providing them with  a  state-of-the-art logistics infrastructure tailored to their specific needs.  In total The Brussels Airport Company and its various partners will invest over € 200 million:

  • The Brucargo West project includes the  construction of three large cargo buildings in the period 2009-2013.  Together they represent a surface area of  70,000m²  of highly specialised storage space  –  the equivalent of 14 soccer fields – and accompanying office space.
  • The central office building “Brucargo 706” will be entirely renovated in the course of 2013 – 2014 and will provide over 50,000  m²  of office space in the very heart of the cargo area. The presence of airlines, forwarders, customs  and other government agencies under the same roof guarantees a permanent, high-quality service to all Brucargo users.
  • The 30-year old buildings in the “Brucargo 2010” area, the usage contracts of which are running to an end or  have  already  ended,  will be  thoroughly renovated or pulled down and replaced by modern cargo buildings. By  2016, this  will provide a total of 50,000m² of brand-new, specialised buildings for logistics activities.
  • Near  Brucargo West  there  is  room for two big handling buildings with  direct apron access.  The construction of these buildings is planned in the period  2014  –  2016. Together they  will  represent a surface area of 48,000m².
  • Earlier this year, the Flemish Government and  The Brussels Airport Company  invested in  an  access road  from Brucargo to motorway  E19,  allowing trucks to directly access or exit the motorway efficiently and in all safety.
  • The  “Brucargo Secured Gateway”  concept aims at optimising the entire logistics process for the inbound and outbound cargo,  its  storage and  the loading and unloading of aircraft in the safest and most secure conditions.  This includes faster and better controlled processes through the use of integrated data processing and simplified customs procedures. The  Brucargo zone  is gradually  being turned into a secured access-controlled area.

The commitment of numerous  shippers, forwarders, airlines and handlers to  Brussels Airport helps our country  to become an international hub for specialised shipments including valuables, dangerous goods and perishables  such as  vegetables, fruit and flowers.    Brussels Airport  is particularly focusing on  the transport of pharmaceuticals, which  are  expected to become even more important  to international air transport  in the decades to come. In doing so,  Brussels Airport  at the same time  supports the pharmaceutical industry,  a sector in which both Flanders  and Wallonia are highly rated  in Europe. These investments too, which focus mainly on security,  and  the thorough  attention  paid to preserving the cold chain  for refrigerated  shipments, contribute to a long-term engagement to our economy and constitute the main attraction for our existing and future airfreight partners.   The  impact  of these investments will become apparent particularly in the medium term and when the
economy  starts to recover, but already today  Brussels Airport  is doing noticeably better than most neighbouring cargo airports due to this new strategy. 

Arnaud Feist, CEO of The Brussels Airport Company: “Since two years we have succeeded in binding international forwarders to Brucargo, and for the first time we see that even major shippers/end users  are establishing themselves  at the cargo airport itself.  In spite of the worldwide crisis that affects air cargo, carriers are  attracted by  the presence of many specialist partners at Brucargo and the markets they open as well as by the cargo infrastructure we provide. Globally, growth potential in air cargo is estimated at an annual 4% until 2020; in Europe we expect  2 to 3 percent. Our new cargo strategy is intended to allow us
to match this growth rate. During these 8 years, the development of our cargo activities should allow us to firmly position our airport and our country in the European cargo landscape while at the same time creating 3,000  additional jobs. That is why,  over  the next five years,  we  and  our partners plan investments to an amount of over € 200 million.  Moreover, a sound cargo activity is essential in providing new direct long-haul destinations for passengers: that too is an activity with high added value for our economy and employment in a wide range of sectors.”


About Brussels Airport
Brussels Airport is one of the largest airports in Europe, handling 18.8 million passengers and 475,000 tonnes of freight annually. Brussels Airport links the European capital with 231 destinations worldwide that are served by 88 different airlines: 74 passenger airlines and 14 full-freighter airlines (figures 2011).  Brussels Airport is dedicated to become the most European, most efficient and most welcoming airport in Europe. Brussels Airport caters for the specific needs of the business travellers, but also has the largest low-fare offer in Belgium.  Brussels Airport is operated by The Brussels Airport Company. The shareholders are the Belgian State (25 percent) and a consortium of private investors (75 percent).  Follow us @brusselsairport on Twitter or on www.facebook.com/brusselsairport.

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