Since more than a decade, Brussels Airport cargo activities experience a strong and sustainable growth of air cargo volumes, particularly with the rising importance of pharmaceutical transport, e-commerce and perishables.
The development of the Brussels Airport cargo area is one of the priorities of the airport's new Shift 2027 strategy. As a proactive investor, together with its cargo community, Brussels Airport is joining forces to make the logistics chain at the airport even more efficient and to accommodate future growth.
Brussels Airport accommodates this evolution by redeveloping part of its cargo area in a sustainable manner. As such, we wish to strengthen our role as second most important economic gateway in Belgium, making the airport a crucial economic platform in Belgium in terms of employment and added value for our country’s economy and sustainability.
Between 2022 and 2025, eight end-of-life buildings will be demolished in the Brussels Airport cargo zone and three new logistics buildings including office facilities and a parking tower will be developed. The new buildings will be future proof, meeting the net zero carbon ambitions of Brussels Airport. The mobility layout will be revised to ensure smooth traffic flow with thorough renovation of existing roads and improved modal split.
Demolition work on the eight ageing buildings will start in June 2022, while construction work is expected to start at the end of 2023. Construction is scheduled to be completed by 2025.
The redevelopment of the cargo zone will result in increased efficiency in land use, creating extra capacity for local logistics partners. This is a first step in structural redevelopment to meet rising demand for additional logistical space with minimal impact for the local environment. The redevelopment will also improve the spatial quality of cargo area creating a sustainable work environment.
The Brucargo Central redevelopment will improve traffic circulation to address existing operational issues, resolving dangerous points and improving flows. The new mobility layout will improve the safety and mobility of vulnerable road users. During the works the circulation will be adapted to allow continued traffic and limit traffic disruptions as much as possible.