Since the first Covid vaccine shipments from Brussels Airport in November 2020, one billion Covid vaccines have passed through the airport.
This important milestone was reached through the active collaboration of numerous partners, state-of-the-art facilities and years of expertise in the pharmaceutical field.
Every day, vaccine flights take off to more than 60 countries around the world, with Japan and the United States being the two main destinations.
Many airlines are involved in these transports: United Airlines, DHL Express, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Hainan Airlines, TUI fly, Singapore Airlines, TAP, Iberia, Lufthansa Cargo, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and Qatar Airways.
Logistics partners, including Expeditors, DHL Global Forwarding and Kuehne+Nagel, are also important to ensure these shipments run smoothly and safely.
In addition to Covid vaccines, Brussels Airport has recently started shipping Covid pills.
In terms of transport, while the process is quite similar to that of vaccines, the pills are even more sensitive to temperature variations.
“We are proud to pass the milestone of one billion vaccines transported via Brussels Airport. We have been contributing to the fight against Covid and supporting vaccination programmes around the world since the first vaccine flight operated in November 2020,” explains Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport.
“Our infrastructure and equipment for handling vaccines and other pharmaceuticals meet the highest standards of the pharmaceutical sector.
“Quality and safety are our priorities and every day we work together with our partners to ensure the numerous shipments of vaccines and pills to more than 60 countries”.
Today, almost 10% of the total volume of goods handled at Brussels Airport consists of pharmaceuticals.