Cargo-centric Liege Airport will invest an additional EUR30 million in four new parking areas for large aircraft which follows last month’s decision to provide a further 20,000 sqm of space for cargo, bringing Liege Airport’s total investment in new cargo facilities to more than EUE50 million.
“The increase in volume we have seen in 2017 shows no sign of slowing down in 2018. We need to anticipate this growth and speed up the development plan we had in place,” explains Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport. Liege Airport is expecting a record year in 2017 with more than 700,000 tonnes handled.
“The global cargo business is undergoing general growth driven by good economic performance in Europe, but also by the emergence of new niches driven by e-commerce,” said Liege Airport CEO Luc Partoune. “And the saturation of Amsterdam airport has changed the situation.
“In 2018 Liege Airport will increase its storage space as a priority. Nearly 20,000 sqm of additional warehouses and equipment are planned, representing an increase of 30 per cent of our cargo handling capacity. The first hall of 6,000 sqm will be available in January 2018 and the other warehouses will be operational by the end of 2018,” said Partoune.
The new parking areas for aircraft will be operational in 2019 and their development falls within the Flexpress strategy, which prioritises cargo. “Our strong points, labelled ‘Flexpress’ – free areas, no slots and quality service – appeal to operators”, added Partoune.
From June 2017, Air China Cargo has been operating a weekly flight between Shanghai and Liege and it will increase its services in 2018, the airport said. And following the reduction of slots at Amsterdam Schiphol, AirBridgeCargo increased its services to Liege Airport in October.