Aviapartner 100% Belgian again

April 22, 2020

Along with a few managers, Belgian Laurent Levaux, current chairman of the board of directors, has bought the remaining shares of Aviapartner from the American investment fund HIG Capital. The luggage handling company is now once again 100% Belgian. While the American investment fund HIG Capital wanted to get rid of Aviapartner for some time […]

Gasoline sales drop by 85%, diesel by 30%

April 17, 2020

With the current lockdown situation, fuel stations in Belgium are experiencing a dizzying drop in fuel prices and sales. Volumes of gasoline have reduced by 60 to 85% since the beginning of the health crisis, while diesel dropped by 30%. Furthermore, the stations’ tanks aren’t getting low enough to swap to ‘summer gasoline’, and with […]

Belgium: seven trains a month jump red lights

April 16, 2020

Last year, the number of trains – mostly passenger trains – running the red light decreased slightly: from 87 in 2018 to 85 in 2019. Railway manager Infrabel, however, emphasizes there were no really dangerous situations. Infringements 2019 was not an exceptional year. In the past ten years, an average of 80 trains jumped the […]

Liege Airport to become WHO hub for medical equipment

April 14, 2020

Liege Airport has been selected by the World Health Organization (WHO), together with seven other airports all around the world, to become an air hub for critical medical equipment. It is estimated that Liege will deal with some 100 million masks and gloves, 25 million respirators, gowns, and protective kits, and 2,5 million test kits […]

Freight transport by rail decreases by 20%

April 09, 2020

Paul Hegge, the representative of the Belgian Rail Freight Forum, sounds the alarm bell as today he sees a 20% drop in demand for rail freight transport. Railway transports are the EU’s backbone for delivering essential goods. The logistics of running trains across national borders that are closed due to the corona crisis are complicated […]

Major road works on E314 near Leuven start next week

April 08, 2020

On April 15th, major road works will start on the E314 at the Wilsele viaduct near the city of Leuven. According to Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works, this will last until the autumn of 2021. Once traffic returns to its usual density after the corona crisis, it is most […]

New figures confirm 45% less traffic on Flemish highways

April 07, 2020

Since the introduction of the restrictive measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, there are far fewer traffic jams on the Flemish highways. The number of kilometers driven fell back with 44,7%. This is shown by figures from the Flemish Traffic Center. No more structural traffic jams “The structural traffic jams have disappeared, and […]

Technical inspection centers reopen partially in Wallonia

April 07, 2020

On Monday, the technical inspection centers in Wallonia reopened partially for professional vehicles and only by appointment. Vehicle inspection centers were closed from 18 March in all three Belgian regions. Since March 25, the Flemish car inspection centers provide a limited service for commercial vehicles (+3,5 tons) and priority vehicles again. In Brussels, the technical […]

Brussels Airport welcomes new Chinese cargo airline

April 03, 2020

Brussels Airport has welcomed a new freight airline company on Thursday. The Chinese Suparna Airlines will fly three times a week to and from Brucargo, the cargo department of the airport in Zaventem. Suparna Airlines Suparna Airlines will use a Boeing 747 on an old transport route. The plane will take off in China, fly […]

Transport sector asks for postponement of km tax

April 03, 2020

On Thursday, the Belgian Transport Federation UPTR has asked to postpone the payments of kilometer taxes. Due to the corona crisis, the number of trucks on the road has decreased by 30%. That is why the sector federation is asking for support measures. Lack of assignments According to figures of Viapass, today, there are about […]

Aviation to be prioritized in Belgian economy rescue

April 01, 2020

With the coronavirus health crisis, the Belgian economy has been put on the back burner. Eight task forces have been set up to focus on rescuing it after the crisis, with aviation getting first dibs. As Belgian aeronautical companies, airlines and airports are on tick over, the sector notes that it will take months to […]

UA: 83% of streets in Antwerp are ‘street canyons’

April 01, 2020

“Almost all the streets in the city center of Antwerp are highly polluted.” That is one of the first conclusions of a study organized by the Antwerp University. Antwerp has a lot of densely populated streets with high buildings – the so-called ‘street canyons’ – where pollution is ‘trapped’. Pollution The study started in 2018 […]

New cars ‘piling up’ in Port of Zeebrugge

April 01, 2020

In the Belgian Port of Zeebrugge, new cars coming in from all over the world are rapidly filling up the available parking space as few of them are leaving these days for dealerships around Europe. Car delivery companies like International Car Operators (ICO) are looking into ‘emergency surfacing’ fallow terrain as a temporary measure to […]

Courier to provide bonuses to keep staff working

March 30, 2020

Courier company HYK from Heusden-Zolder (Limbourg, Belgium) is planning to offer additional payment to its employees. The company is ready to pay a bonus to all those who are willing to work. With this initiative, the company is running ahead of a possible decision of the government. Employers organization Voka already asked the federal government […]

Taxi drivers call for close-down, federation asks government support

March 27, 2020

On Tuesday, Taxi Collective and unions were calling to cease their activity as work has dropped by 80% in Brussels and hygiene requirements aren’t met. While the Belgian National Taxi Employer Federation (GLT) refutes the demand and estimates that taxis are essential to guarantee a form of transport, it calls the government for help. With […]

Toyota works with Hino on heavy-duty fuel cell truck

March 26, 2020

Japanese carmaker Toyota is working with its commercial vehicle subsidiary Hino Motors on a heavy-duty fuel cell truck based on the next generation Mirai. With two of the Mirai’s fuel cell stacks, the 12 meters long and 25 ton heavy Hino Profia FR1AWHG will have an estimated cruising range of 600 km. That is “in […]

Flemish inspection centers reopen for commercial vehicles

March 26, 2020

Since Wednesday, March 25, the Flemish car inspection centers will again provide a limited service for commercial vehicles (+3,5 tons) and priority vehicles. The reinspections of all vehicles will also be carried out again. However, the inspections are only possible by appointment. Four months postponement The duration of these measures depends on the evolution of […]

Corona: airliners used to transport cargo

March 26, 2020

Authorities worldwide have to make sure that essential cargo flights remain operational. According to the international organization of airline companies, IATA, cargo flights are essential to fight the coronavirus. The organization knows that several planes with vital means and devices on board were not allowed to take off due to ‘bureaucratic processes’. According to IATA, […]

Corona snowball effect threatens transport sector

March 25, 2020

Although there is still a lot of truck traffic on our roads, these are not golden times for the transport sector. The stagnation of economic life because of the corona crisis has its consequences here too. “I fear a snowball effect from which the transport sector cannot escape,” says Lode Verkinderen. The director of the […]

Which fate for Lufhansa’s daughter Brussels Airlines?

March 25, 2020

With the current air transport crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the Lufthansa group will benefit from emergency help from the German government. But, what will be the fate of the group’s non-German airlines, like the already struggling Brussels Airlines? Strategy professor, Paul Verdin, warns not to repeat the mistakes made during banks’ rescue in […]

Aviation hit hard: $252 billion loss

March 25, 2020

After estimating the cost of the coronavirus outbreak for the air transport sector at 63 billion and then 113 billion dollars last week, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) now foresees the total losses at 252 billion dollars. With the crisis touching 98% of all worldwide passenger air traffic, the sector won’t be back on […]

EU wants a maximum 15 minutes waiting time for trucks at borders

March 24, 2020

The European Commission wants to introduce so-called ‘green lanes’ or priority lanes on the main traffic axes, where trucks can cross the border within 15 minutes. As a result of border controls, traffic jams in some places in Europe reached 40 km last weekend, with waiting times of up to 18 hours. “This must stop. […]

London suspends additional tax on cars in town

March 24, 2020

London has suspended all special environmental taxes on the use of cars in the city center, starting immediately. The city had just introduced additional taxation to reduce car traffic in the city to relieve traffic congestion and improve the quality of the air. Additional taxation However, according to Mayor Sadiq Khan, people working in the […]

Corona: nautical task force to secure supply via harbors

March 24, 2020

Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), has asked the Agency for Maritime Services and Coast (Agentschap Maritieme Dienstverlening en Kust, AMDK) to summon a task force. This ‘Task Force Nautical Chain’, as the new working team is called, has to safeguard the supply chain of all Flemish harbors. It has to make sure […]

Airlines sound alarm: ‘by end of May most will go bust’

March 18, 2020

With the reduction in travel due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak, airlines worry about their imminent future. Some experts foresee a global passenger reduction of 20 to 30% while others say that by the end of May 2020 most airlines will have gone bust. To prevent this worst-case scenario, airlines are calling their governments for […]

Cross-Channel traffic adapts to closure Schengen zone

March 18, 2020

With France imposing a total lockdown, and Europe closing the borders of the Schengen-zone, cross-Channel transport is adapting to the new situation. On Tuesday, Eurostar already decided to scrap half of its high-speed train connections from London with the rest of Europe. From Thursday, Eurostar will reduce its offering by 80%. This means only three […]

Port of Antwerp: ‘vigilant but ensuring critical supply’

March 18, 2020

Lockdown or not, the Port of Antwerp is doing everything in its power to remain fully operational. The port employs some 60 000 people and is of the utmost importance for the supply of Belgium and other EU countries. “We are actively working to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus,” says Port of Antwerp. […]

Belgian start-up develops drone delivery docking station

March 18, 2020

A Belgium start-up based in Zedelgem near Bruges has developed a patented rooftop ‘docking station’ and a matching elevator and smart box system to allow any type of drone to deliver packages in crowded areas. Drone-Future is going to Cambodia to test its prototypes and hopes to get the attention of the world’s most prominent […]

Move Mobility: ‘You can convert car users’

March 17, 2020

The Dutch bureau, Move Mobility, has elaborated a new, more sophisticated calculation model for mobility problems. Research shows that investing in public transport and bikes is far more efficient against traffic jams than investing in roads for cars. “If you make public transport good enough, a part of the car users will change,” says Hans […]

Belgian transport sector looking for 5 000 truck drivers

March 16, 2020

The Belgian Transport sector is looking to attract people from all backgrounds to fill its 5 000 truck driver job vacancies. The sector is launching a campaign to promote the post and distance it from its obsolete image. Truck drivers don’t have the best image. However, the notion of their job isn’t the best, either. […]

Will cargo bikes replace vans in Brussels?

March 13, 2020

Cargo bicycles are gaining interest in the eye of the authorities, especially for last-mile deliveries. With a delivery sector expected to continue to grow, cargo bikes are a small, practical, go-anywhere and, more importantly, green alternative to vans and trucks. Cities all around the world are facing a dilemma. On the one hand, they want […]

Former Head of Cabinet Bellot candidate CEO Infrabel

March 12, 2020

Michaël Vanloubbeeck (48), former Head of Cabinet of Federal Minister of Mobility, François Bellot (MR), is the top candidate for the CEO position at the Belgian rail network operator Infrabel. That’s what the newspaper De Tijd writes on Thursday. According to De Tijd, Odgers Berndtson, the head hunter’s office appointed by the federal government fo […]

SNCB/NMBS takes measures after Covid-19 outbreak

March 10, 2020

On Monday, unions have called an extraordinary national committee with management from SNCB/NMBS, Infrabel, and HR Rail regarding the coronavirus. Railway workers are worried after five cases of infection have been noted in the company. SNCB/NMBS takes measures to ensure toilets are working and equipped with water and paper on all trains. “Following the railway […]

Coronavirus to cost airlines 113 billion dollars

March 09, 2020

After the Flygskam and Boeing 737 Max crisis, air transport is taking a third blow from the coronavirus outbreak. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates the cost of the epidemic at 113 billion dollars. Empty planes make Air France-KLM sound the alarm and advise its employees to take unpaid leaves while UK airline Flybe […]

European companies fail to meet Paris climate targets

February 25, 2020

European companies are expected to double the share of their low-carbon investments if Europe wants to reach its 2050 carbon-neutral target. This is evident from figures collected by the specialist association Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a British NGO that collects information on the climate behavior of businesses. According to the annual report of CDP, some […]

Volvo LIGHTS to deliver in LA area by first electric semi-trucks

February 21, 2020

Volvo Trucks North America is starting an extended project called ‘LIGHTS’ to deliver freight to and within the Los Angeles area by its fully ‘Class 8’ VNR Electric trucks, the heaviest class in its line-up. Starting with five of these, making round trips from 120 to 280 km, the program will build up to a […]

Walloon waterways transported equivalent of 2 million trucks

February 21, 2020

In 2019, the Walloon waterways transported 39 million tons of freight. If that amount had been transported on the road, it would’ve required two million trucks. Despite the slight 5,8% drop in activity compared to the last two years due to the drought, Walloon ambitions to enlarge the sector remain. Last year, the 451 kilometers […]

Nature’s extinction is costing a fortune

February 18, 2020

For the first time, the cost of damaging nature is calculated in money. Conclusion? The extinction of species and the erosion of natural habitat is extremely expensive. Without any urgent measures, the world economy will have to sacrifice thousands of billions of euros in the coming thirty years to save the planet. Macroeconomic costs The […]

CMB: ‘Hydrogen is fuel of the future’

February 17, 2020

The Belgian shipping company, CMB, is planning to have a first large container ship operational on hydrogen. “We have to do something about the climate,” the company says. Turning point Shipping is a polluting sector. More than 95% of the 60 000 vessels that transport 12 billion tons of goods overseas use polluting fuel oil. […]

Freight rail line deletion could add 3.500 trucks to Brussels traffic

February 10, 2020

Belgium’s rail manager, Infrabel, is setting up the dismantling of Brussels’ 26A freight rail line for the summer of 2021. However, that unused line connects the Brussels port to the site of Schaerbeek Formation where the European fruit and vegetable center will soon be set up. With the related upcoming freight transport, the rail deletion […]

Emissions of CO2 in Antwerp reduced by a quarter

February 10, 2020

The new emissions inventory 2017 shows that in Antwerp CO2 emissions have been reduced by 23,5% compared to the 2005 reference year. The largest profits were made by the industry outside the port area (-48%) and households (-38%). With this, Antwerp meets the climate target of a 20% reduction before the 2020 deadline. Nevertheless, the […]

FlixBus: charging on the way by solar energy

February 07, 2020

The green buses of German FlixBus on the Dortmund-London line, which also runs through Belgium, are equipped with solar panels. The initiative fits in a green test project of FlixMobility, the German company behind the FlixBuses that cross Europe at low prices. Wafer-thin solar mats from the British tech company, Trailar, have to charge the […]

50% of Belgians won’t pay 5 euros to return online purchase

February 06, 2020

Approximately half of Belgians would change their online buying behavior if 5 euros had to be paid to return orders. This is the conclusion of a study commissioned by the Federal Minister of Economy and Consumers, Nathalie Muylle (CD&V). “We think climate awareness is important, but returns are massive.” Established habit Returning parcels free of […]

Britain’s air industry sets zero carbon target for 2050

February 05, 2020

In spite of the 70% planned increase in air traffic, the British air industry sets an ambitious zero carbon target for 2050. This plan is being driven by the organization Sustainable Aviation. Cleaner airplanes and carbon offset are the cornerstones of the project. After the ‘flygskam’ or ‘flying shame’ emerging from the Scandinavian countries, the […]

Flanders: separate highway parking lots for cars and trucks

February 04, 2020

Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open VLD), is allocating 10 million over the next five years to rebuild and better secure highway car parks. In the first phase, seven car parks will be constructed, but N-VA urges the minister to speed up this process and to focus on car parks affected by transmigrants. Different […]

Interview: Frans Timmermans on the EU Green Deal

February 03, 2020

Flemish newspaper De Morgen interviewed Frans Timmermans, ‘Mister climate’ of the European Commission, about the European Green Deal. Timmermans does not see the Green Deal as a fixed plan, but rather as a guideline with the ultimate goal of climate neutrality by 2050. For Timmermans, the Green Deal combines three major challenges in Europe: the […]

Emission-free sailing by burning iron powder?

February 03, 2020

Running an engine on iron power, turning it into rust by burning it and extracting a load of energy out of it this way to move a vessel with 15.000 containers; it is theoretically possible. And the good thing is: there are no CO2 emissions, and the rust can be captured and turned into iron […]

Toyota invests in flying taxi

January 17, 2020

Car manufacturer Toyota invests 394 million dollars in Joby Aviation, an American start-up that wants to make flying taxis. “Aviation is a long-term goal for Toyota,” says CEO Akio Toyoda in a press release taken over by De Morgen. “With this, we have the opportunity to revolutionize the future lifestyle of people and their way […]

Colruyt to let your ‘neighbor’ deliver your groceries

January 15, 2020

Belgian grocery discounter chain, Colruyt, is setting up an experiment with ‘neighbors’ delivering groceries to other ‘neighbors’, minimizing this way the ecological footprint of home delivery. The idea is to provide a platform where someone from your district goes shopping for you with your grocery list and brings the goods at your doorstep for a […]

Ryanair becomes Europe’s largest airline

January 14, 2020

With 152,2 million passengers transported in 2019, the Irish low-cost airline, Ryanair, becomes the largest passenger air transporter of Europe. It sits just ahead of the German Lufthansa Group, which transported 145 million passengers last year. Ryanair is still affected by the Boeing 737 Max lockdown, but the company’s share price jumped by 10% in […]

Iron powder: resource for battery of the future?

January 13, 2020

Researchers at the Technology University Eindhoven want to use iron as a fuel because no CO2 is released during combustion, and the powder can be endlessly recycled. Iron powder like a charged battery Professors Niels Deen and Philip de Goey (TU Eindhoven), together with Mark Verhagen, manager of Team SOLID, have built a pilot plant […]

TLV: ‘JBC using private drivers for return delivery is illegal’

January 09, 2020

According to Transport and Logistic in Flanders (Transport en Logistiek Vlaanderen, TLV), the idea of the Belgian fashion chain, JBC, to have parcels returned by commuters is illegal. The professional association that represents 1.500 Flemish transport companies considers juridic actions when the fashion store continues its plans. On Tuesday, JBC announced it is going to […]

Booming business: driving and flying on used deep-frying fat

January 03, 2020

The East Flemish family company, Quatra, collects 65.000 tons of used deep-frying oil annually, which is used as fuel for cars and will soon also be used for airplanes. “In ten years’ time, we have become the biggest in Europe.” At the beginning of 2019, Quatra invested 10 million euros for the construction of a […]

Truck cartel: 3.200 transport companies file €500 million claim

December 28, 2017

More than 3.200 carriers in 9 European countries have pressed charges against a trust of truck manufacturers in München (Germany). Together they claim a compensation of at least 500 million euro. 2,9 billion euro fine Last year truck manufacturers MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF already were imposed a 2,9 billion euro fine by the […]

Uber and Lyft are causing more traffic jams in New York

December 28, 2017

A recent study states that the use of services like Uber or Lyft (online car hiring with driver) is causing more traffic jams in the city of New York because the number of cars is still increasing. The situation of traffic being constantly blocked in New York is still getting worse. Average speed during peak […]

Geely takes major part in Volvo Trucks

December 28, 2017

Chinese car maker Geely, already owning car division Volvo Cars, is taking a major part in AB Volvo, the group building trucks under Volvo brand, Renault and Mack. By acquiring 8,2% of the capital and 15,6% of the voting shares from the Swedish Cevian Capital fund, it becomes the prime share holder. 3,25 billion euro […]

Netherlands start tests with autonomous trains

December 27, 2017

The Netherlands will start tests with autonomous trains as from the beginning of 2018. The Dutch railroad company ProRail collaborates with several transporters and manufacturers. There will be several test routes: the Betuwe, a rail route for the transport of goods, the port of Rotterdam, the railroad in Groningen (Arriva), the Schiphol tunnel and maybe […]

Dutch prove increased road capacity positive for traffic flow

December 27, 2017

In the Netherlands several bottlenecks in the highway network, causing huge traffic jams have been cured by increasing the road capacity. Traffic flow has significantly improved at these spots. According to the the Dutch traffic information service VID (VerkeersInformatieDienst) the amount of traffic jams in the Netherlands has stayed at the same level in 2017. […]

Clean Air Act saves far more lives than previously thought

December 27, 2017

A study of researchers at MIT (Massachussets Institute of Technology) shows that the environmental measures included in the US Clean Air Act save far more lives than previously estimated. Small and ultra small particles in the air, due to combustion and other pollutants in the air, are responsible for premature death of 4,2 million inhabitants […]

Explosion of van sales in Belgium due to online shopping

December 27, 2017

This year already 80.000 vans were sold in Belgium, a 14% increase compared to last year. These record sales are mainly due to the increase in online shopping. Today there are approximately 800.000 vans in Belgium and that’s 150.000 or 18,8% more than 3 years ago. If you take the foreign vans that circulate in […]