Emirates to boost Brussels belly 10%

With the launch of direct daily flights from Dubai to Brussels Airport by Emirates Airlines from 5 September, the airport’s belly cargo segment will grow by 10 per cent according to Brussels Airport Company head of cargo, Steven Polmans.


Emirates to boost Brussels belly 10%


With the launch of direct daily flights from Dubai to Brussels Airport by Emirates Airlines from 5 September, the airport’s belly cargo segment will grow by 10 per cent according to Brussels Airport Company head of cargo, Steven Polmans. The airline is serving the European capital with a B777 which Polmans estimates will bring an additional 15,000 tonnes of cargo annually through the airport.

“This is very interesting for our pharmaceutical and digicom business,” Polmans said, adding that substantial cargo is being trucked to and from other airports in the region which will now fly directly to and from Brussels.

Key export commodities which Emirates expects to export from Brussels include pharmaceuticals, automotive spare parts, chocolates, machinery and equipment and electronics. Also, Emirates SkyCargo has decided discontinued its contract with its Brussels GSSA and has set up its own representation, which could help boost cargo volumes. The carrier has not yet entered into an agreement with a ground handler.

Amongst the other Middle Eastern carriers, Saudi Arabian Cargo is the oldest and largest customer of Brussels Airport.