Brussels Airport Company will be investing €100 million over the next three years in state-of-the-art logistics buildings to further strengthen its position and better serve the likes of Kuehne + Nagel, Swissport, dnata and Brinks.
At present, more than a hundred different industry players in the logistics supply chain are based at Brucargo, the cargo area of Brussels Airport.
The airport said this is a “crucial platform” for the import and export of many companies and is, after the Port of Antwerp, the 2nd most important logistics hub for international trade and a central engine for the Belgian economy.
Brussels Airport Company will be investing in a 50,000 square metre building on the west side of Brucargo, for four different companies. Kuehne + Nagel, Dnata and WFS will be among the companies making use of these buildings for shipping, packaging and temporarily stocking cargo.
The new infrastructure is also specifically suited for the handling of high-quality and temperature-sensitive products such as pharmaceuticals. Brussels is one of the key airports around the globe for the movement of pharma freight.
Brussels Airport will also redevelop existing cargo handling buildings that have direct access to the tarmac. The building in which Swissport is active will in the coming three years, be transformed into a modern and energy-efficient storage and office space covering an area of 30,000 square metres.
An additional new building will provide a secured area for the specific transport of extremely valuable goods. Brinks will be moving into this building in 2019.
In addition, Brussels Airport Company is investing in an exclusive inspection area of more than 2,000 square metres, fitted out in various temperature and/or light areas, for the temporary accommodation and the shipment of various types of animals.
Brussels Airport Company chief executive officer, Arnaud Feist said: “These investments are of huge importance for the logistics landscape in Belgium and are entirely in line with our Strategic Vision for 2040.
“With these investments, Brussels Airport will remain in the future a crucial hub for air transport and the logistic chains in Europe, at the service of many hundreds of companies in our country.
“It is also a strategic objective to offer more and in particularly even better support to the many companies who work through air cargo transport and enabling them to more easily import and export their goods from and to the whole world.
“This not only ensures employment at the airport itself, but also in various other sectors in all parts of the country.”