The Kenya Flower Council attended a stakeholder’s forum organized by Brussels Airport to promote their Airport as a preferred “Flower Hub” on March 25, 2014 at a Nairobi Hotel. Nathan De Valck, cargo account manager Brussels Airport said Brussels Airport handles 20 million passengers and 700.000 tons of cargo a year. The airport has a dedicated cargo area, full freighter and belly cargo capacity. It’s the closest cargo airport to Aalsmeer outside the Netherlands. Their dedicated cargo organization allows quick transit of flowers.
Nathan added that the airport is efficient with faster transit of flowers to sites in the Netherlands (Aalsmeer, Naaldwijk, Rijnsburg) or other European destinations. The operational speed of flower handling at Brussels is equal to other flower gateways with Low cost phytochecks. They also have a competitive price structure in a European benchmarking context.
According to Hanne Vandecapelle the Flower Promotion Representative for the Brussels Airport research confirms that the Airport has all the potential to further develop an efficient & reliable option for exporters.
Also present in the event was Brussels Ambassador to Kenya HE. Bart Ouvry, representatives from Brussels Airlines, Adelantex Belgium, Kuehne & Nagel Belgium, Simbi Roses, Mosi Flowers, Floraholland, among others.