Liege Airport and AirBridgeCargo Airlines have
signed a 10-year lease agreement.
Under the deal, AirBridgeCargo will lease
25,000 sqm of warehouse space and 2,000 sqm of office space for a
total investment of around 25 million Euros
The deal will bring the scale of
cooperation between two companies to the next level of
development, boosting air cargo volumes of ABC to/from the airport
and placing Liege Airport amongst the top 5 cargo airports in Europe
Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport, said, “We welcomed the
first flights in October 2017 because AirBridgeCargo had to reduce
its presence in Amsterdam. Then we responded to their call for
tenders launched earlier this year for the creation of their
European hub. They liked the cargo DNA of Liege Airport. We had
strong political support at both the federal and regional levels.
AirBridgeCargo sees opportunities for expansion, can count on a
quality workforce and rely on efficient Belgian customs. Thanks to
AirBridgeCargo, we plan to reach one million metric tonnes by 2020
and become one of the top 5 cargo airports in Europe.”
The agreement comes as a logical extension to a
Memorandum of Understanding which was signed between Liege
Airport and Volga-Dnepr Group earlier this year.
The project will be divided into two phases,
with the first one to be launched in June 2019 when AirBridgeCargo
will get its first 12,500 sqm warehouse.
The second phase will
commence in early 2020 with the rest of warehouse premises to
Walloon Airports Company (Société
Wallonne des Aéroports - SOWAER) will also build four new aircraft
stands to accommodate the growing AirBridgeCargo fleet.
Sergey Lazarev, General Director of
AirBridgeCargo, said, “With the lease of dedicated warehouse
facilities for the next 10 years and ABC’s intention to increase
the number of weekly flights to Liege up to 30 within the next 1.5
years, AirBridgeCargo will be able to leverage growing market
demand for special cargoes, especially e-commerce shipments. An
agreement of this size comes with a number of benefits not only
for ABC but also for our customers, who will get more frequency
options and high level of service quality.”