Despite the ongoing global economic slowdown, Liège Airport (LGG) has achieved a new cargo record with over 900,000 tonnes of goods transported in 2019.
Liege Airport continues to develop, with a new record of 902,480 tonnes, up 3.6 per cent year-on-year, of transported goods compared with 870,644 tonnes in 2018.
The Belgian airport notes the global air cargo sector slowed significantly in 2019. Brexit and the trade war between the US and China considerably influenced world trade and, as a result, the transport of goods.
“Our performance is significant in the context of a year that experienced many upheavals, with a double figure growth for the first three months, slowing down between April and July and then declined in August and September,” explains Luc Partoune, CEO of Liège Airport, adding that the airport bounced back at the end of the year.
“This year, 2020, will be a year of major works and projects including, in particular, the impact study for lengthening the contingency runway,” Partoune continues. “We are also working on the implementation of Alibaba, the bypass road, the construction of a hydrogen station and on training personnel to meet the very high demand.
“It will be a busy year during which we shall have to provide quality services to our customers, as well as investing in infrastructure and innovative solutions.”
Passenger activity remained stable with 170,737 passengers passing through the airport in 2019.
Liege Airport is the 7th largest cargo airport in Europe and largest in Belgium. Liege is also the only European airport that prioritises full cargo under its strategy of #freightersfirst.
The airport specialises in express transport, e-commerce, pharmaceutical products and perishable goods, as well as live animals. Liege Airport, and its brand Flexpress, is operational 24/7 without restrictions, offering a flexible and fast service, all less than a day’s journey by truck to the heart of the Amsterdam-Paris-Frankfurt golden triangle with its 400 million consumers.