'cool supply chain the ultimate aim'

Brussels Airport

Brussels Airport is one of the largest airports in Europe, handling 700.000 tonnes of airfreight annually in the dedicated cargo area BRUcargo.

Brussels Airport links the European capital with 231 destinations worldwide that are served by 88 different airlines: 74 passenger airlines and 14 full-freighter airlines.  With its ideal location as a European Gateway combined with our customer intimacy and partnership we offer logistical solutions to today’s challenges for our cargo customers. It is for this reason that our motto at Brussels Airport is “Welcome to Europe”.

Preferred pharma gateway in Western Europe

The temperature controlled segment is a strategic priority for Brussels Airport, in order to further develop BRUcargo as the preferred pharma gateway in Western Europe.  The Brussels Airport Authority takes a leading role in promoting and creating transparency in the cold/cool supply chain.

Several strategic projects are ongoing, aiming at improving the smooth handling of time and temperature sensitive cargo at Brussels Airport:

  • Push towards technological innovation: Project to test and introduce real-time cargo tracking using the latest PGRS technology. The goal of the project is to gain insight in the issues and advantages of real-time location and condition monitoring of cargo shipments on the ground and in the air. All logistical actors in the supply chain are participating in this projects: pharma shippers, freight forwarders, airlines, handling agents, airport operator.
  • Loss of quality is a cumulative process whereby every little quality diversion adds up. Therefore a project was started with BRUcargo stakeholders for identification of blind spots in lanes of transport and applied solutions through integrated riskmapping and standardized operating procedures for the handling of pharma shipments.
  • Securing the BRUcargo zone: BRUcargo Secured Gateway project aiming at introducing access control for the entire BRUcargo area and improving logistical processes.

  • Building new temperature controlled infrastructure first line on the airport and second line in the BRUcargo area. The Brussels Airport Authority actively supports handling agents and freight forwarders in the creation of GDP compliant cooling facilities for the handling of temperature sensitive pharma shipments.
  • Creation of an IATA endorsed training school with a focus on training staff for quality handling of time&temperature controlled cargo