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Liege Airport – the Freighter H(e)aven

Article Submitted by: Liege Airport – TIACA Corporate Member

Written by: Torsten Wefers, Liege Airport


At Belgium’s Liege Airport (LGG) freighters are playing the first fiddle and are always welcome. Since the very beginning of the airport operation in the mid-1990s LGG has always focused on this traffic segment – and this has not changed since today.

Being perfectly located in the center of the European “Golden Triangle” and with its unrestricted and full flexible 24/7 operation, infrastructure and handling services Liege Airport offers the perfect framework for hassle-free and high-quality freighter operations.

Over last decade the airport developed itself from a niche-player to the European powerhouse for all-cargo traffic. In 2021 LGG airport registered a record number of 1.41 million tons of air cargo (+26%) and 38,400 freighter movements (+12%) ranking Liege Airport as 5th biggest European cargo hub. Around 30 cargo airlines serve LGG on schedule or charter-basis. Last year around 650,000,000 e-commerce shipments moved via LGG.

Nowadays freighter carriers can use the handling services of 4 first-line handlers and various second-line operators. A total warehouse space of 200,000 m² first-line warehouse space is available including dedicated areas for perishable, pharma and life animal handling. The famous “Horse-Inn” offers a 5-star product for horses, every year more than 3,000 high-valuable horses transit through LGG.

Based on its ambitious 2040-masterplan Liege Airport will further invest in its infrastructure and service levels. Next to the continuous development of the airside infrastructure and additional first-line warehouse capacities a strong focus is the development of the “Cargo City West” project. This new development area will be the base for the further growth of the forwarders and logistics companies activities at LGG. A total of 255,000 m² warehouse area and supporting office space will be ready in Q4 2024. This project will be followed by the development of the “Cargo City North-East”.

Another focus is the further digitalization of Liege Airport and its fast growing cargo community. A dedicated Liege Airport in-house team of experts has developed a complete digital road map. As a first step LGG airport will launch a real-time cargo tracking system which will be launched in early 2023. Further application will follow.

Last but not least the airport has initiated a number of projects with the clear goal to further increase the overall handling and service quality levels. A dedicated operational LGG-airport team will be responsible to monitor and audit the local handlers.

At Liege Airport freighters were, are and will enjoy top priority and the airport is strongly committed to further develop a perfect and freighter-friendly environment. LGG cares about freighters!