Air Cargo Management

Brussels Airport to invest €70 million to further modernise its cargo zone

Brussels Airport is investing €70 million over the next three years to redevelop a 83,500sq m area in the heart of its cargo zone.

The redevelopment of the central area of the cargo zone and the development of new cargo buildings and offices on the airport site will allow the airport to welcome new partners and offer the new and current partners warehouses and offices that are larger, more efficient, more modern and more sustainable, according to Brussels Airport Company’s CEO Arnaud Feist.

Feist said: “Accelerating the development of the cargo zone is one of the priorities within the new strategy of Brussels Airport. We want to further strengthen our position as a global cargo hub and develop the cargo area in a sustainable way in order to offer our logistics partners the most efficient infrastructure and operational processes.”

By the beginning of 2025, three new modern and sustainable buildings, including parking areas, will be opened in the heart of the Brussels Airport cargo zone, called Brucargo Central. After the development of Brucargo West, the new Animal Care and Inspection Centre two years ago, and the new Swissport Cargo building, the development of the cargo area is being continued in order to meet the growing demand for capacity, the airport said.

Eight obsolete buildings in the redevelopment area will be demolished before construction works are scheduled to start at the end of 2023.

“Our cargo activities are growing steadily and our cargo area is constantly developing,” added Feist. “The demand from current and future partners for storage and handling capacity is very high. Even if the cargo area of Brussels Airport is already very large, it is important to rethink and reorganise the spaces for more efficiency, but also and especially to modernise them. Sustainability plays a key role in this modernisation. Brussels Airport wants to improve the energy efficiency of its entire infrastructure, a strategy that applies far beyond the cargo area.”

In 2021, 843,000 tonnes of cargo transited through Brussels Airport, a volume increase of 30 per cent compared to 2020.

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