Trade organisation Air Cargo Netherlands has created a new branch for the Maastricht region

ACN Maastricht has been set up to unite the air cargo community surrounding Maastricht Aachen Airport, with a primary focus on shaping the future development of the hub.

The new group is also aiming to give the local companies surrounding the airport a platform and a voice in the global industry.

Air Cargo Netherlands director Maarten van As was among those gathered for the launch event in Beek.

Maastricht Aachen Airport is strategically located in the EU and has proven itself in recent years as the second cargo airport in the Netherlands,” said van As. “It is the basis of a logistics ecosystem in this region that can become stronger if the airport, local forwarders and logistics partners join forces. In addition, there are opportunities in coordinating logistics processes and systems with Schiphol Airport, where ACN wants to take on a connecting role.”

Thirty members and prospective joiners were also in attendance, including Arjan Hage, managing partner at Maastricht Logistics Services.

Maastricht Airport is located in a very enterprising region with a strong international focus – as a local entrepreneur, I am convinced that if we join forces, this will be good for us, for the region, and for the airport,” said Hage. “By working together, we increase the international visibility of the air freight market in the Maastricht Aachen Airport region, and we are strengthening the power of South Limburg as a logistics hotspot.”

Forwarders, truckers, handlers, airlines, and logistics service providers are among the founding members of the new branch, with government representation now being explored.

The airport is at the heart of a logistics ecosystem
The airport is at the heart of a logistics ecosystem Air Cargo Netherlands