Around forty hectares, 28 in the Fret Nord zone and nearly 12 in the southern part of Liège Airport, are now available to new companies. This was announced by Luc Vuylsteke, president of the SOWAER board, on Friday. The building work took more than 2 years, and cost 13 million euros. It was partly financed by the Marshall 2.vert and 4.0 plans. The new office spaces should create more than 1,000 jobs.
The development of economic zones is part of a 470 hectare Master Plan, which should create 7,500 direct jobs and 2,000 indirect jobs. It should allow logistical, transport and service companies, which don’t necessarily need access to airstrips, to set up and develop their business in offices SOWAER calls “flexible”. There has already been a lot of interest in them. The southern office spaces are reserved for investors.
The Walloon government applauded Andrè Cools, Jean-Pierre Grafé and Robert Collignon for their “long term strategy and audacious spirit”. It decided to continue its investment in the project. “Flanders has applauded our Airport policy, and is slightly envious of it”, said Paul Magnette, President-Minister for Wallonia.
The Walloon government has spoken about the importance of the economic distribution Liège Airport provides.