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
The agreement will now be submitted for approval to Ostend
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.