Brussels to invest EUR 100 million to build ultramodern logistics buildings
March 12, 2018: With an aim to further reinvigorate its position as the second most important logistics cluster in Belgium, Brussels Airport has planned to invest whopping EUR 100 million to build ultramodern logistics buildings in the next three years.
Currently, over hundred players in the logistics chain are active at Brucargo, the cargo area of Brussels Airport.
Brucargo offers Belgium a crucial platform for import and export for many companies after the Port of Antwerp, which is the second most important logistics hub for international trade.
The area is a crucial engine for economic growth for Belgium, because of its exceptional central location between all important industrial centres. Brussels Airport will be making investments in the future to strengthen Brucargo.
“The investments are of huge importance for the logistics landscape in Belgium, and is entirely in line with our Strategic vision for 2040. With this investment, Brussels Airport will evolve as a crucial hub in the future for air transport and the logistic chains in Europe, and will serve hundreds of companies in our country,” said Arnaud Feist, CEO, Brussels Airport Company.
“It’s also a strategic objective to offer more, and in particularly better support to the companies associated with the air cargo transport industry, and will enable them to easily import and export their goods across the globe. It will not only create employment at the airport, but also in various other sectors across our country,” said Feist.
Between 2009 and 2013, three large air cargo buildings were developed. Currently, companies, such as bpost, DHL Global Forwarding, Abbott and a number of specialised logistics companies make use of Brussels Airport.
Additionally, considerable investment would be made to build state-of-the-art new buildings on the west side of Brucargo for four companies, such as Kuehne + Nagel, Dnata and WFS. The facilities will be used for shipping, packaging and temporarily stocking cargo.
The new infrastructure will be suited to handle high-quality and temperature-sensitive products, such as pharmaceuticals, for which Brucargo is already recognised as one of the best airports in the world.
Brussels Airport will also redevelop existing handling buildings that will have direct access to the tarmac. The building will be located in an area admeasuring 30,000 square metre where handling agent Swissport is active. In the next three years, the building will be transformed into a modern and energy-efficient storage and office space.
An additional new building will provide a secured area for specific transport of extremely valuable goods. Brinks will be moving into this building in 2019.
Similarly, Brussels Airport is investing in an exclusive inspection area of more than 2,000 square metre, fitted with various temperature and light areas, for shipment of various types of animals.