Last week, Brussels Airport Company (BAC) and Changi Airport Group (CAG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to augment their strategic partnership in air cargo development.
The two major airports have a history of collaboration on various projects dating back to 2016.
With the goal of deepening cargo competencies, both airports will jointly drive initiatives to further enhance capabilities in pharmaceutical logistics.
In partnership they will undertake studies and trials in the fields of digitalisation and sustainability, as well as exchange best practices.
The MOU was signed by Mr Geert Aerts, Chief Cargo & Real Estate Officer of BAC, and Mr Lim Ching Kiat, Executive Vice President of Air Hub & Cargo Development of CAG.
The signing of the agreement took place at the annual Let’s Talk Cargo industry seminar in Singapore on 2 March 2023.
Prior joint initiatives
The signing of last week’s MOU is the latest in a series of collaborations by the two major airports, stretching back to 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.
This joint initiative was vital for the development of capabilities and know-how by the airports in handling temperature-sensitive cargo.
This collaboration notably enabled the transport of much-needed vaccines between Brussels and Singapore during the Covid-19 pandemic. It also established Singapore and Brussels as trusted air pharmaceutical hubs in Asia and Europe.
Changi & Brussels mutual expertise
Changi Airport has extensive experience and expertise in the operations and management of airports in Singapore and overseas.
Brussels Airport offers a well-established passenger network and unique cargo platform (BRUcargo) with strong community-driven expertise in handling pharmaceuticals and life sciences, perishables, e-commerce 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.
One of the projects both airports will be involved in is 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 supply chain.
On the air connectivity front, CAG and BAC will also work together to strengthen passenger and cargo connectivity between Singapore and Brussels.
“We are happy to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with Changi Airport and to further enhance our longstanding partnership.”
“By exchanging expertise and building on our alliance to tackle the challenges and opportunities of today together, we can leverage the best practices and become more interconnected between our hubs,” said BAC’s Mr Aerts.
“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 CAG’s Mr Lim.