Revolutionising the cargo industry – Brussels Airport
Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company, reveals the airport plans to further develop its cargo activities.
At the heart of Europe, Brussels Airport is an important growth engine for Belgium. The airport has an ambitious plan for the future to accommodate the expected growth in air traffic in the next 25 years. The Strategic Vision 2040 connects Belgium and Europe to the rest of the world and has the potential to double the number of jobs on and around the airport site to 120,000 by 2040.
In the coming 20 years global passenger traffic is expected to grow by 3.8%. Cargo traffic, on the other hand, is expected to grow by 4.7% over the same period. Consumers will increasingly expect the parcel with their newest smartphone, clothing items or book they ordered to be delivered to them in under 24 hours. People consider it normal to find exotic fruits and special flowers in their local shops and the pharmaceutical industry is recording strong growth and demands good air connections.
To drive forward the airport’s activities and uphold the connectivity and the economic growth of our country, the infrastructure of Brussels Airport will need to be adapted. The runway infrastructure will need to be upgraded in order to step up capacity. This is planned from 2025 onward, after a first optimisation phase of the existing infrastructure by 2020. Two additional piers are also due to be built to improve traveller comfort.