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Wilfried Covent


Mr. Wilfried Covent

Future Forces Forum Future Forces Exhibition 2016 World CBRN & Medical Congress (CEBIRAM) 2016

Head of Security Operations, Brussels Airport Company, Vice – Chairman of the Security Committee of Airports Council International Europe (Association of European Airports)


The Brussels Airport Attack – And afterwards

A Story of Strength, Hope and Resilience

March 22 – 2016, Brussels Airport has been hit by a terroristic attack.

Terrorists were targeting the public part of the airport terminal, with the purpose to kill innocent people at the check in area.


After a short introduction of Brussels Airport, the scenario of the Brussels Airport bombing will be explained, followed by the roll out of the emergency phase.

The recovery period ‘ re start of operations’ was also key for the contingency of the airport. How did we manage?


The landside part of the airport became a vulnerable area, where people are crowding.  The security of public airport terminals became high priority on the agenda.

How to survive as an airport and how can we keep the operations safe and secure for future ?

Curriculum Vitae


  • Aviation Security Management – European Aviation Security Training Institute
  • Master Teaching qualification High School -  Brussels University
  • Master  ‘Criminal Science’  Brussels University
  • Training police commissioner (police management)
  • Training police officer city of Antwerp

Professional Experience:

At the beginning of his career Wilfried Covent was Police Commissioner with the local police of Antwerp in Belgium. But in 1994 he became involved in the aviation security industry. He first joined the (previous) Belgian Airline SABENA – being the airline security manager.  A few years later he switched to the air cargo / express industry, to become the aviation security manager for DHL Express Europe.

In February 2010 Wilfried  started to work in the airport environment being the  Head of Security at Brussels Airport.

In this function he has been appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Airports Council International - Europe - Security Committee.

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