January 13, 2020: Nathan De Valck took charge as the head of product and network development at Brussels Airport. He will report to Steven Polmans, director of cargo & logistics, previously head of cargo. The move is in accordance with the airport’s decision to significantly expand and strengthen its cargo team.
De Valck will be responsible for all business development and key account activities for airlines, forwarders, and shippers as well as for the further development of the various specialisations and products such as pharma, perishables, animal transport, and e-commerce.
Earlier in 2019, in line with the new business strategy where cargo and logistics is one of the four central pillars, it was decided to centralise the entire responsibility of all activities in the cargo zone (operational, financial, commercial, real estate, etc.) within the cargo business unit. These activities will remain under the leadership of Polmans.
In the coming months, the cargo and logistics team will be further strengthened with many more appointments such as cargo real estate head, business analyst, prevention and recovery care (PARC) services manager, and an operations manager. These reinforcements confirm the importance of cargo for the airport and the clear commitment to further develop Brussels Airport as a leading logistics platform in Europe.
Brussels Airport handles 665,000 tonnes of freight transport per year. It connects the European capital with 238 destinations with 76 airlines active at the airport.