Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has opened a 250,000-tonne capacity cargo terminal at Brussels Airport.

    Designed to optimise speed and deliver self-service and real-time information for airlines and freight forwarders, the new 25,000 sq mt facility is in addition to WFS’ 11,000 mt warehouse and office operation at the airport which opened in the Brucargo West development zone in 2019.

    WFS’ senior vice-president of commercial EMEAA Marc Claesen said that the company’s latest investment is inspired by Brussel Airport’s commitment to air cargo growth.

    He said: “Brussels Airport and its cargo community are very progressive. WFS is taking the leading role in providing the market with a product and digital tools which meet the requirements of modern-day cargo handling, and which gives us the capacity to grow. We believe more airlines will choose to partner with us.”

    WFS’ clients in Brussels include Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, IAG Group, and United Airlines.

    Last summer, WFS also signed a five-year contract to provide a total handling solution for Air France KLM Martinair Cargo at the airport covering cargo, mail and trucking as well as services to support special products. Most recently, WFS has also won another new handling contract with cargo carrier Demavia Airlines.

    The new cargo terminal incorporates a dedicated pharma zone, which will become both IATA CEIV Pharma and GDP certified in 2021. It also combines a perishables handling facility and will house a new EU Border Inspection Post, and is fully equipped with state-of-the-art security access controls and cargo screening technologies.

    WFS says that the operation will intensify the use of IATA e-freight protocols for seamless freight movements from the shipper and all the way through the airfreight chain, helping to reduce time delay obstacles and improve shipment efficiency and visibility.

    Truck drivers arriving at the building already enjoy kiosk-based, self-service reception points, enabling them to stay in their vehicles when completing cargo deliveries and collections, and expediting their assignment to one of the terminal’s 40 cargo gates.

    The new facility is part of a €100 million investment by Brussels Airport in the cargo zone at the airport.