Swissport invests in Brussels Airport pharma centre

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Swissport is investing millions of euros into a cargo facility at Brussels Airport, constructed by the airport and leased to the cargo handler.

The building will consist of a 25,000 sqm warehouse, a material handling system, office space and 3,620 sqm of facilities in the Swissport Pharma Center.

The pharma centre will include an increased surface area for pharmaceutical products with ambient space for 15-25C tripling from 800 sqm to 2,620 sqm.

An additional 1,000 sqm cooling facility for 2-8C will be available, and Swissport intends to increase its share in the pharma transport business in Brussels and worldwide.

Promising that the warehouse and pharma centre will be the benchmark for air cargo and pharma logistics, Luzius Wirth, executive vice president Europe, Middle East and Africa for Swissport says: “The investment underlines our commitment to the Belgian market. In parallel we are working to improve the profitability of our Belgian business activities in order to create long-term job security for our staff.”

Construction of the facility started in January 2019 and will take about two years to complete following a phased approach.

Demolition and construction are in full swing, and the 25,000 sqm warehouse will be equipped with an automated material handling system.

The landside will feature 50 truck loading bays in a closed perimeter and a highly efficient acceptance zone.

Airside, there will be speed gates enabling time efficient logistics from the warehouse into the aircraft cargo hold.