Ostend-Bruges Flanders International Airport has welcomed a new cargo handler in the shape of Bcube Air Cargo.
The Italian handling company says the facility will back on to the apron and features a 4,000 square metre warehouse and six parking stands and able to handle Boeing 747F aircraft.
Ostend-Bruges chief executive officer, Marcel Buelens said: “We, the LEM, started 5 years ago and decided that we would focus on three main elements to let the airport grow: passenger services, general aviation and cargo.
“With the arrival of Bcube Air Cargo Belgium, we have our cargo game changer. Due to the loss of our largest cargo client in 2014/15, 60 people lost their jobs on our platform and I promised these people that I would do everything in my power to one day bring back cargo to the level it used to be. The search started in 2017.
“One and half years later I am very happy to be able to have fulfilled this promise and I am so proud to introduce Bcube Air Cargo Belgium. A world-class organization with whom we hope to put Flanders International Airport Ostend-Bruges back on the worldwide aircargo map.”
Bcube Air Cargo general manager, Mauro Grisafi added: “Bcube Air Cargo Belgium is a subsidiary of Bcube Air Cargo and will be a new referring point in Ostend Airport for the European air cargo market.
“We are launching warehouse and ramp handling services at Ostend Airport with the goal to develop new business for the airport, taking advantage of the great potential of the facility and its geographical location.
“Services will be provided c/o apron 1 in a 4,000 sq.m. warehouse recently renovated and fully equipped. Brand new Ground Support Equipment (GSE) will be deployed for the project. We are ready for new challenges in the air logistic sector.”
In Italy, BCUBE Air Cargo handles about 330,000 tonnes of cargo and 18,000 tonnes of mail. It employs 900 staff and handles for 100 scheduled airlines across stations at Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate and Venezia Tessera airport.