Geert Aerts succeeds Steven Polmans at Brussels Airport as director of Cargo and Logistics
Geert Aerts will succeed Steven Polmans as director Cargo & Logistics at Brussels Airport on March 8. With his extensive management experience in a global company, his knowledge of aviation and his experience with working in a complex environment with many stakeholders, Brussels Airport found Geert Aerts to be the suitable candidate to continue the strong cargo strategy of recent years and to further develop Brucargo, in close cooperation with the cargo community.
With a background as industrial engineer, Aerts has been active in aviation for 17 years at CAE Inc, where he has been regional operations director Europe, Africa and Middle-East since 2014. At CAE Inc, he was responsible for the management of a network of 16 flight simulator training centres and flight schools in this region, including at Brussels Airport. With his experience in working with many stakeholders and with his focus on the client, on cooperation and innovation, he has been seen as the right candidate to take over the helm of the cargo department at Brussels Airport.
"I am looking forward to joining the team at Brussels Airport and further develop the cargo activities together with the Brucargo community, clients and partners. I have always followed Brucargo with interest and I am eager and ambitious to continue this work and further grow the cargo community at Brussels Airport," says Aerts.
After ten years, Steven Polmans said goodbye to Brucargo at the end of December. Brussels Airport has thanked him for the excellent cooperation and his track record of the past years. Together with Geert Aerts and the cargo team, and in close cooperation with the community and Air Cargo Belgium, the ambition and commitment of Brussels Airport to further grow Cargo and Logistics will be continued.
"Cargo is an important cornerstone in the strategy and development of Brussels Airport, and under the leadership of our new director we will continue work on the redevelopment of Brucargo as a zone, with a focus on specialisation and digitisation. We continue to invest in a strong and dedicated team for our Cargo and Logistics activities to support the entire industry. We look forward to welcoming Geert Aerts to our community in March," says Piet Demunter, chief business development officer at Brussels Airport.
Every year, about 650 000 tonnes of cargo is shipped through the airport. Brussels Airport is Europe's preferred airport for the transport of pharmaceuticals and Brucargo plays a crucial role in the current pandemic, as the main pharma hub for the vaccine transport in Europe.