Brussels Airport reports a robust 9.6% increase of air freight throughput during Q1. Additional customers were acquired and the airport’s role as leading pharma gateway was further strengthened.
Can BRU Cargo set a new record in cargo turnover this year? Measured against 2014 figures the outlook is promising. The results achieved in Q1 provide a realistic ray of hope to achieve this aim,
states head of BRU Cargo Steven Polmans. “Last year’s 8%-plus tonnage was already very satisfactory. But we are pleased to see that the start of 2015 brings even stronger growth in volumes
handled here, with all segments contributing to this encouraging development.” According to him, cargo volumes are up on full freighter and integrator traffic as well as on the lower decks y
offered by passenger aircraft for the carriage of shipments.
Capacity increase continues
As additional growth drivers he mentions Qatar Cargo, offering 8 weekly flights to and from BRU and Ethiopian Cargo which just increased its weekly frequencies from 4 to 6 services. However, it’s not just the traffic growth that makes the manager and his team at BRU Cargo content but also the progress “in strengthening our cargo community management through working on a variety of different projects closely together in a constructive and productive atmosphere,” Steven states. As a further example he mentions the cargo community system in the cloud that’s currently going life, “which is a challenging but promising adventure,” he says.
Concentrating on pharma
Last month Brussels Airport took a further step ahead in becoming a prime gateway for the pharma industry by initiating a second wave of IATA CEIV pharma certification. On the occasion, additional 8 enterprises jumped on the bandwagon, amongst them some renowned companies such as DHL Global Forwarding, Kuehne + Nagel, Panalpina or Geodis.
Nathan De Valck, Key Account Manager at Brussels Airport, adds to this: “the fact that the demand came from the market to organise this second wave is very encouraging and motivating. It shows the strength and benefits of the program. From our side we will continue to work closely with the shippers and identify next steps where we as an airport can make the difference for them in further improving our position as pharma gateway in Europe.”
Expecting further growth
Asked for delivering a 2015 forecast on behalf of BRU Cargo, Steven reacted very optimistic: “the different projects we are working on will keep us busy for the moment but will also contribute in realising our targets and goals.” He went on to say: “furthermore, in the next months, we will also see the start of some new real estate projects, both ramp side as well as second line. Add to that the new flights of Ethiopian as of mid-April, the start of Yangtze River Express in April and the services commencing in May announced by the Canadian carrier Kelowna Cargo, it doesn’t need much fantasy to predict further growth in the months ahead.”