Liege Airport sets new cargo handling record in 2018
Jan 9, 2019: Liege Airport has set new cargo record as it has seen 21.5 percent increase in cargo volume in the year 2018.
The leading cargo airport in Belgium has handled a total of 870,644 tonnes of cargo compared to 717,000 tonnes of goods handled in 2017.
In spite of the commercial tensions between the USA and China, increasing oil prices and the predicted consequences of Brexit, world freight activity has seen a 4.5 percent increase in 2018. Similarly, Liege Airport's figures are exceptional.
"This is a new record, because since Liege Airport was established in 1990, we have never achieved such a level of tonnage. This confirms we are on the right track with our strategy to go with full cargo companies," declares Luc Partoune, Liege Airport CEO.
He adds: "The arrival of new companies and the performance and exceptional growth achieved by all our operators have contributed to positioning us among the best cargo airports worldwide. I congratulate the entire cargo community (road hauliers, charter operators, etc.)."
To sustain the growth of companies and handling agents, Liege Airport has accelerated its investment programme: "In 2019 and 2020, more than 30,000 square metre of warehousing will be made available to air cargo handlers. In the next few months, AirBridgeCargo will start using its first warehouse. The contract about to be signed with Cainiao (Alibaba group) is going to provide a medium-term boost for our activities and several hundred jobs will be necessary to sustain the growth in companies established at Liege Airport," explains Luc Partoune.