New Head of Swissport Cargo Belgium


Koen Gouweloose has been appointed Head of Swissport Cargo Belgium from 1 July 2020. Houssein Ouchen will manage Swissport’s cargo operations at Liège airport.

In his new position as the Head of Swissport Cargo Belgium, effective 1 July 2020, Koen Gouweloose will oversee the strategic and operational management of Swissport’s cargo activities in both Brussels and Liège, with a strong focus on navigating the company through the post-Covid-19 recovery phase. Starting on 1 July 2020, Houssein Ouchen also joined the Belgian cargo organization. He is managing the growing business activities in Liège.

Koen Gouweloose started his career with Swissport in March 2020 as COO of the Belgian cargo organization, at the time reporting to Country Manager Thierry Miremont, who has taken on another assignment within Swissport. He will head up all Swissport’s activities in Belgium and reports to Willy Ruf, Senior Vice President Central & Eastern Europe. Swissport underlines its commitment to the thriving Belgian air cargo market in general and Liège in particular by assigning Houssain Ouchen to head up its cargo operation at Liège airport.

Koen Gouweloose can build on many years of relevant professional experience in international air freight management and is very familiar with the different stakeholders in Belgium,” says Willy Ruf, Senior Vice President Central & Eastern Europe of Swissport International AG. “Together with Houssein Ouchen and Brussels Station Manager Ile de Nutte, Koen is tasked with further developing and growing our thriving cargo business in Brussels and Liège.”

Koen Gouweloose has extensive experience in the logistics sector and held several senior management positions throughout his career, including Sales and Marketing Director and Operations Director Belux at DHL International and Managing Director of DHL Aviation (Benelux – France). He is well known in the industry and is familiar with the airport companies, airlines and other key stakeholders. 

Swissport remains fully committed to its cargo business in Belgium. And while global air cargo volumes are under pressure, Swissport’s activities in Liège and Brussels have proven to be comparably resilient. In Brussels, Swissport inaugurated a brand new and state-of-the-art Pharma Center in November 2019, with a new four-story office building and renovated cargo warehouse due to open in 2021.

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