Brussels Airport Company will invest €100 million over three years in ultra modern logistics buildings to strengthen its position as a vital logistics cluster in Belgium.
The buildings will cover 50,000m2 on the West side of Brucargo with direct apron connection for four different companies, with Kuehne + Nagel, dnata and WFS among the companies making use of these buildings for shipping, packaging and stocking cargo.
The new infrastructure will be specifically suited for the handling of high-quality and temperature sensitive products including pharmaceuticals, products which are important to Brussels Airport and Belgium as a whole.
Brussels Airport will also redevelop existing handling buildings that have direct access to the tarmac, with the building Swissport is active in being systematically transformed into a modern and energy efficient storage and office space with a surface area of 30,000m2.
An additional new building will provide a secured area for the specific transport of extremely valuable goods, with Brinks moving into this building in 2019.
Part of the investment will go to an exclusive animal border inspection area of more than 2,500m2, fitted out in various temperature and/or light areas to create the perfect environment for all types of animals.
Brussels Airport head of cargo and logistics, Steven Polmans says: “It is our ambition to remain an import cargo hub in future and strengthen the position of BRUcargo as an efficient and important logistical platform.
“In recent years we have proven our commitment to cargo and we reconfirmed this in our Strategic Vision 2040 launched last year. This investment is another step in realising this ambition together with all our stakeholders and customers.”
Brussels Airport Company chief executive officer, Arnaud Feist adds: “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.”