On 27 April 1998, TNT opened its European Express Centre (EEC) at Liege Airport, in Belgium. The Hub processes all air freight consignments within Europe and forms the link with the rest of the world.
TNT chose Liege over 11 other possible airports to set up its new Air Hub due to its excellent geographical location, its infrastructure, the unlimited night flights permission, the possibility of self-handling, the favorable climate condition and the limited impact on the population.
The activity of the hub represents around 40 planes and 125 trucks and vans per night. 75% of the traffic is outbound by air while the rest is transported by road. In general, planes fly to three destinations, each of which acts as a deconsolidation centre for a dozen additional destinations. This is the principle of the star network.
In order to answer to the increasing freight volume, TNT announced on 25 May 2004 the expansion of the TNT Express European air hub in Liege.
Operational aera: 75,000 sq.m
1998: 60 trucks and 30 aircraft daily
2000: 120 trucks and 39 aircraft daily
2005: 125 trucks and 41 aircraft daily
2007: 125 trucks and 45 aircraft daily
2010: 125 trucks and 42 aircraft daily
Initial investment in 1998: 62,000,000€
2005 to 2010: 36,000,000€ forecasted
Sort flow: 30,000 items/hour - 400 tons of parcels are handled each night (= 100,000 items).
Employment : 1.500 employees
Depots are served by 125 trucks and vans within a distance of 400 km from Liege Hub .