In a statement issued on Friday (9 March), Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company, 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.”
Companies using the air cargo buildings at Brussels Airport include bpost and DHL Global Forwarding.
According to the company statement: “In the coming 3 years, Brussels Airport will invest in total €100m in the development of ultramodern logistics buildings, which will be used by leading companies in the industry.
“In addition, considerable investment will be made in the construction of state-of-the-art new build. Brussels Airport Company will be investing in a building of no less than 50,000m2 on the West side of Brucargo, for 4 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), products for which Brucargo is already recognised as one of the best airports in the world. In this way, Brucargo further supports a number of key sectors in our country, such as the many large pharmaceutical companies.”
The company said that 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.
Brussels Airport Company is investing in an inspection area for the temporary accommodation and the shipment of various types of animals.