MK Airlines outlines Ostend expansion plans

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UK-based all-cargo carrier MK Airlines is planning to develop a wide-ranging European cargo hub at Ostend International Airport, Belgium.

MK says the development plan will involve infrastructure projects at the harbour and airport with significant investment by the company and local authorities including the Ostend Port Authority and Ostend Brugge International Airport. The agreement will now be submitted for approval to Ostend Town Council.

MK Airlines CEO Mike Kruger says: “The unique position of Ostend, with its existing airport and port facilities, provides us with a significant opportunity to develop synergies that will drive a multi-modal cargo proposition for air, sea and road transport. 

“With this agreement, MK Airlines will be at the heart of this exciting initiative, driving synergies across every mode of transport.”

Facilities at the airport where MK transferred operations in summer 2004 will be jointly developed. MK Airlines has signed a 30-year lease agreement for a new European distribution centre on the airport apron.

This warehouse facility, which is already under construction, is set to open early next year. MK Airlines will invest some €2 million in this first new facility

Further warehouse facilities will be developed before 2010, subject to achieving projected rates of growth.