Brussels Airport invests in logistics buildings
This investment will further strengthen the crucial position of Brussels Airport as the 2nd most important logistics cluster in Belgium.
March 29, 2018
Ang Yi An
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Brussels Airport Company will be investing EUR 100 million in ultramodern logistics buildings. This investment will further strengthen the crucial position of Brussels Airport as the 2nd most important logistics cluster in Belgium, serving the top players in the aviation industry, including Kuehne + Nagel, Swissport Cargo Services, Dnata, Brinks and many hundreds of other companies.
Today, more than a hundred different players in the logistics chain are already active at Brucargo, the cargo area of Brussels Airport. In this way, Brucargo offers Belgium a crucial platform for the import and export of many companies and is, after the Port of Antwerp, the 2nd most important logistics hub for international trade. The area is a crucial engine for economic growth in the country, not least because of its exceptional central location between all important industrial centres. Brussels Airport Company will be making large investments in the coming period to further strengthen Brucargo.
In recent years (between 2009 and 2013), three large air cargo buildings have been developed. Today, companies such as bpost, DHL GLOBAL Forwarding, Abbott and a number of specialised logistics companies make use of them. Last year, DHL Express opened their 31.500 sqm brand new state of the art sorting center at Brussels Airport.
In the coming 3 years, Brussels Airport will further invest in total EUR 100 million in the development of ultramodern logistics buildings, which will be used by leading companies in the industry.
Brussels Airport Company will be investing in a building of no less than 50,000m2 on the West Side of Brucargo with direct apron connection for 4 different companies. Kuehne + Nagel, Dnata and WFS will be among the companies making use of these buildings for shipping, packaging and temporarily stocking cargo. The new infrastructure is also specifically suited for the handling of high-quality and temperature-sensitive products (such as pharmaceuticals), products for which Brucargo is already recognised as one of the leading airports in the world. In this way, Brucargo further supports a number of key sectors in Belgium, such as the many large pharmaceutical companies.
Brussels Airport will also redevelop existing handling buildings that have direct access to the tarmac. The building in which handling agent Swissport is active shall, in the coming 3 years, be systematically transformed into a modern and energy-efficient storage and office space. In total, it will have a surface area of 30,000m2.
An additional new building will provide a secured area for the specific transport of extremely valuable goods. Brinks will be moving into this building in 2019. Part of the investment will go to an exclusive animal border inspection area of more than 2500m², fitted out in various temperature and/or light areas to create the perfect environment for all types of animals.