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[Brussels Airport] renewed partner of the Belgian Olympic athletes

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Brussels Airport renewed partner of the Belgian Olympic athletes 

A two-year sponsorship of the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee and the Belgian Paralympic Committee 

Brussels Airport has been a partner of the Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee since 2016, and has not only reiterated its support but has also decided to support our Paralympic athletes via the Belgian Paralympic Committee. With this partnership, Brussels Airport wants to put the spotlight on Belgium and its sportsmen and women once again and to support the Belgian colours during the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024.  

Sport has always had a special place in the heart of Brussels Airport, which regularly welcomes top sportsmen and women at its terminal and supports several Belgian sports federations and events. Brussels Airport has therefore renewed its support for the Olympic Committee, which it has already been sponsoring for several years. This year and next, Brussels Airport has decided to also support the Belgian Paralympic Committee and its paralympic athletes. These are two sports federations whose values it shares, making use of the opportunity to excel and to inspire Belgian society through their performance. 

'Looking ahead to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, not far from the Belgian capital, Brussels Airport is proud to support the Belgian Olympic and Paralympic team.', explains Arnaud Feist, CEO Brussels Airport Company. 'Brussels Airport and the Belgian athletes have something in common: we are all flag bearers for our country. These athletes represent our national pride and convey a positive image of Belgium abroad. For Brussels Airport it is an honour to support the development of Belgian sporting talent.'

'We are extremely pleased with the renewal of the cooperation with Brussels Airport. The airport is an important place for athletes, as it is often the starting point for their journey towards international competitions. The excellent services and facilities contribute to an optimal preparation and serene mind-set in the final straight', stated Cédric Van Branteghem, CEO of the BOIC. 'The fact that Brussels Airport want to extend this partnership towards the Paralympic athletes shows once again their commitment towards the Belgian athletes community. We would therefore like to sincerely thank Brussels Airport for their trust, and we look forward to our continued partnership.' 

Olek Kazimirowski, Managing Director du Belgian Paralympic Committee : 'We're thrilled to join this partnership and thank Brussels Airport and Team Belgium for involving us in the extension of their collaboration. Brussels Airport is an important stopover for our athletes on their road to competitions, so being able to count on the support of a partner in this journey is a great added-value. Even more so for the members of Paralympic Team Belgium, who often have very specific needs in terms of accessibility.' 

This two-year partnership will enable to support and encourage the athletes during their campaign at the Paris 2024 Games. These Games are organised with a focus on sustainability by halving the emissions linked to the organisation of the event and by offsetting more CO2 emissions than will be emitted. Brussels Airport has also been working on reducing its CO2 emissions since 2010. The transition to being a zero carbon airport is an integral part of its new Shift 2027 strategy.  

About Brussels Airport 
Brussels Airport is one of the most important airports in Europe. In 2021 the airport welcomed 9.4 million passengers, compared to 26.4 million passengers in 2019. The airport also has an important cargo activity with more than 843,000 tonnes of cargo transported in 2021. Brussels Airport caters for the specific needs of business travellers and holidaymakers alike, on intra-European as well as long haul flights. In 2022, it offers direct connections to more than 200 destinations.   
The airport also offers a leading cargo platform, specialised in the transport of pharmaceutical products, perishable goods, e-commerce and live animals. Brussels Airport is the most important pharmaceutical hub in Europe with the largest surface of temperature-controlled warehouses, thus supporting the global fight against Covid-19.  
Brussels Airport is the second most important economic growth pool in Belgium, good for 24,000 direct and 40,000 indirect jobs and is operated by Brussels Airport Company. Its shareholders are the Belgian State (25%) and a consortium of private investors (75%).
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