May 04, 2016: Liege Airport launched the HORSE INN , a new infrastructure designed to upgrade its overall service provision for the transportation of live horses on May 3. Liege Airport is ready to send the best horses off to the Rio Olympics.
The HORSE INN is not only intended for horses being transported by air but also to accommodate them during transit by road. It represents a total investment of €2.6 million.
With a view to develop this particular sector, Liege Airport has called on recognised experts, including Grégory Wathelet, the Belgian no 1 show jumper and European runner-up. He will now receive support from the airport, in return raising its international profile. In addition, Félix-Marie Brasseur, twice world individual driving four-in-hand champion, is now an Ambassador for the HORSE INN.
For José Happart, Liege Airport president, this new building is part of a well thoughtout development strategy, “This is a significant investment which is part of the services our airport offers to its clients (Lachs, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Icelandair). For some years now, Liege Airport has set the standard in the transport of horses and live animals. We are improving and diversifying our strengths so that horse owners, riders and grooms are fully satisfied. We are also fulfilling our mission of economic development in creating and consolidating jobs in Wallonia in the equestrian sector”.
For his part, René Collin, the Minister for Airport Policy, commented, “This new tool is justified given the impact which the equine sector has on the Walloon economy, a total of almost €800 million and the importance of this sector in neighbouring countries. Horses are not just about sport, they also have educational, touristic, agricultural and medical roles to play. The Horse Inn will help Liege Airport to stand out even more from the crowd and to offer undeniable added value to their clients”.
Liege Airport is the top cargo airport in Belgium and one of the leaders in Europe for the transport of live animals and perishable goods. Almost 3,000 horses a year transit through Liege Airport, benefitting from the specialist skills of its partners and veterinarians, and of its infrastructures.