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City of Ostend approves construction of Cargo Village phase 1A at airport Ostend-Bruges

Jul 13, 2021

Versluys Logistics phase 1 A

The city of Ostend recently approved the construction of Cargo Village phase 1A at Ostend-Bruges airport. The investment in modern and sustainable warehouses made by Versluys Logistics will bring the service for cargo companies to a higher level and further professionalize Ostend-Bruges airport. The construction and operation of Cargo Village phase 1A, a cargo warehouse with office space is approved within the already granted concession of the airport.

Focus on a modern and sustainable facility
The design of the new state-of-the-art cargo facilities will have a distinctly sustainable character, whereby maximum use will be made of renewable energy sources such as solar panels. With the use of green and renewable energy sources the carbon emission can be reduced which results in a lower operating cost of the building. The Cargo Village project phase 1A contains a more than 16.000 m² logistic warehouse with adaptable truck loading docks and a modern office. At the landside 16 loading docks and 2 sectional gates are provided. This casco building can be used by ground handling agents for transhipment of both in- and outbound cargo between the aircrafts (airside) and off and unloading of air cargo trucks or vans on landside. First and second line handling can be combined under one roof.

Traffic movements with fast and easy access to E40 highway
Next to the building there's a guarded and secured parking space with 78 parking spaces and a bicycle shed. There is parking on site for 48 trucks. Due to the location and separate roads parallel to the cargo facility the trucks are able to reach the E40 highway in Gistel faster and more easily. The traffic movements go around the airport and take place away from the commercial area on the Torhoutse Steenweg.

Existing environmental permit remains in force
The construction of this first phase 1A Cargo warehouse will not exceed the existing environmental permit for the airport. Flight traffic during the day and at night can operate in the existing environmental permit as is already the case today.

About Ostend-Bruges International Airport

Ostend-Bruges International Airport fulfils a vital role within Flanders' airport network. Since 2014, both the Flemish government and the private sector have been working on these airports' development. Through a public limited liability company (the 'luchthavenontwikkelingsmaatschappij ' or LOM), the government is responsible for the airports' basic infrastructure, with private airport operating company (LEM) EGIS responsible for commercial operations. Ostend-Bruges International Airport is fully equipped as a cargo airport. Since 2020, the volume of traded freight at the airport has grown by over 150% to 62,000 tonnes in 2021. Over the following years, the airport is committed to strong further investment in its cargo segment. To this end, they are set to construct a dedicated ‘Cargo Village’ boasting modern and sustainable facilities in collaboration with Versluys Logistics. Besides freight traffic, the airport also fulfils an important role in transporting passengers, business aviation and general aviation activities.

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