Brussels Airport Company (BAC) and Changi Airport Group (CAG) have strengthened their strategic partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

With the goal of deepening cargo competencies, the airports will jointly drive initiatives to enhance capabilities in pharmaceutical logistics, undertake studies and trials in the fields of digitalisation and sustainability and exchange information and best practices. The MoU was signed by Geert Aerts, chief cargo and real estate officer at BAC, and Lim Ching Kiat, CAG executive vice president of air hub and cargo development at the annual Let’s Talk Cargo industry seminar in Singapore.  

BAC and CAG have collaborated on various projects since 2016. One of their first joint initiatives was the co-founding of Pharma.Aero with Miami International Airport. Pharma.Aero is a non-profit organisation where members exchange best practices and collaborate to enhance the industry’s pharmaceutical handling capabilities.

Where Changi Airport has extensive experience and expertise in the operations and management of airports in Singapore and overseas, Brussels Airport offers not only a well-established passenger network, but also a unique cargo platform (BRUcargo) with strong community-driven expertise in handling pharmaceuticals and life sciences, perishables, ecommerce and live animals.

Under the MOU, the two airport companies will jointly explore and undertake trials and initiatives in areas of growing importance, such as sustainability. Both will be involved in a Green Air Pharma Corridor study, undertaken together with other Pharma.Aero members, to establish a green lane with a set of sustainability standards to be achieved throughout the end-to-end supply chain. On the air connectivity front, CAG and BAC will also work together to strengthen passenger and cargo connectivity between Singapore and Brussels.

“The industry has witnessed how the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the air cargo supply chain. More than ever, handling capabilities are key to the competitiveness of the air cargo ecosystem. As CAG pushes forward with our digitalisation efforts to enhance Changi Airport's air cargo processes for higher handling efficiency, we look forward to exchanging insights and learning from Brussels Airport and Air Cargo Belgium,” said Lim Ching Kiat.

Image: Brussels Airport Company and Changi Airport Group