After two years of construction work, a new logistics building for the handling of goods was officially opened in the logistics area at Brussels Airport. This building which provides large refrigerated storage spaces and offers direct airside access, henceforth accommodates three first-class logistics companies: Kuehne+Nagel, Worldwide Flight Services and Expeditors.
Brussels Airport boasts an essential logistics platform for the import and export to and from their country. Over one hundred logistics companies have set up office here, making it the second most important logistics hub in Belgium, after the Port of Antwerp, for international trade and air transport in Europe. Thanks to its particularly central location amid all the major industrial centres, the logistics area of Brussels Airport is a crucial powerhouse for the economic growth of the country and its regions, with almost 650,000 tonnes transported in 2020. Brucargo has specialised in the shipment of perishables, pharmaceuticals and e-commerce; markets that have recorded strong growth in recent years, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
Sustainability and refrigerated storage space
At the west side of Brucargo, Brussels Airport has, under its own management, invested in a building that provides some 50,000m² of warehousing space to meet the needs of 3 companies, Kuehne+Nagel, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) and Expeditors, which are active in the transportation, packaging and warehousing of freight. Brucargo West not only provides additional first-line facilities for handling activities (WFS), increasing maximum capacity, but also anchors the air freight activities of two global logistics service providers (Expeditors and Kuehne+Nagel) who once again confirm their confidence in the future development of Brucargo.
Kuehne+Nagel is also expanding its activities at Brussels Airport also for the handling of perishables (temperature-controlled storage and transportation of flowers, vegetables and fruit). The new infrastructure is especially suitable for the handling of pharmaceuticals, and in particular of vaccines, which is one of the niche markets Brussels Airport has specialised in and for which – with over 30,000m² of refrigerated storage space – it is recognised as one of the leading airports in the world. Kuehne+Nagel’s hub in Brucargo hereby strategically complements the company’s global network of 90+ KN PharmaChain GxP certified air logistics stations.
Expeditors is heavily expanding its healthcare logistics in Europe and has chosen for Brussels Airport to become its pharmaceutical gateway to connect its European network with the rest of the world. The new Expeditors healthcare facility in combination with fully monitored end-to-end temperature-controlled logistics is a differentiator in the market for the shipment of highly sensitive vaccines and pharmaceuticals. This new Expeditors facility is already playing a key role in the shipment of COVID-19 vaccines and related medical supplies.
‘Thanks to Brucargo West, we now have additional logistics facilities for the transport in optimal conditions of pharmaceuticals in general and COVID-19 vaccines in particular’, explains Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport. ‘We are thus expanding our first-line logistics infrastructure and temperature-controlled storage facilities, now having the largest refrigerated storage capacity of any airport in Europe. Brussels Airport is a proactive investor who aims to make the logistics chain even more efficient and get it ready to accommodate future growth, making the airport an essential economic hub in Belgium, in terms of employment and added value for our country’s economy.’