The airport development companies (LOM) Antwerp and Ostend-Bruges are merging. The Flemish government approved this today on the initiative of the Flemish Minister of Mobility and Public Works Lydia Peeters. Both airport development companies started their activities on October 27, 2014 and have been working closely together for some time. For example, the executive functions – managing director and secretary – are held by the same people from the Department of Mobility and Public Works and the operation of both LOMs is supported by the Department's Maritime Access Department. On 1 September 2021, both LOMs will therefore merge into one LOM Flanders, which will then be charged with monitoring all infrastructure works at both airports.
This implements the coalition agreement. The LOM Antwerp will be transformed into LOM Vlaanderen and will take over the LOM Ostend-Bruges in general. According to Peeters, the merger will not only ensure that the LOMs have a greater impact, but an increase in scale will also ensure that the complexity and competitiveness within the airport and aviation sector can be better dealt with.
Antwerp and Ostend-Bruges International Airports are owned by the French group Egis and consist of a LOM-LEM management structure. Egis is responsible for the commercial operation of the airport (LEM), the government (LOM) is responsible for the basic infrastructure. An important part of the airport's activities is focused on freight transport. In addition to cargo flights, there are also scheduled flights. Airline TUI fly offers flights to 22 destinations. The airport is also available for private aircraft, business trips and ad hoc flights.