* Belgium hub anticipates further volume growth next year
Liege Airport will invest €50m in new cargo facilities in 2018 in expectation of attracting more freighter flights.
Belgium’s largest cargo airport, one of the biggest winners as operators were forced to find alternative airports due to the shortage of slots at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, will invest in four new parking areas for large aircraft at a cost of €30m
The decision to expand parking capacity follows last month’s announcement that the airport would build an additional 20,000 m² of cargo handling facilities, taking total investment next year to more than €50m.
Liege forecasts a record year for freight in 2017 with more than 700,000 tonnes expected to be handled once volumes for December have been calculated.
“The increase in volume we have seen in 2017 shows no sign of slowing down in 2018,” said Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport.
“We need to anticipate this growth and speed up the development plan we had in place.”
The four new parking areas for aircraft will be operational in 2019. “They fall within the Flexpress strategy, which prioritizes cargo,” added a statement.