The month of October at Brussels Airport mirrored the month of September with more than 1.3 million passengers handled, 57% of the pre-crisis volumes and the best percentages this year.
The Airport reports that cargo continues to grow, with a 19% increase in volumes in October compared to October 2020.
More than 73,000 tonnes of cargo was carried in October. The growth of air cargo (+18%) can be observed in all three segments, namely full cargo (+22%), express services (+8%), but also in belly cargo (+41%) which continues to recover thanks to the increase in the number of passenger flights.
In the full cargo segment, Brussels Airport again saw growth with almost all existing customers. New connections from Asia in particular are contributing to this growth. Asia remains the most significant region, followed by North America and Africa.
The transport of Covid-19 vaccines to and from Brussels Airport continues, with over 450 million vaccines dispatched via the airport to date within Europe. Brussels Airport also hosts many vaccine flights via the COVAX platform to African countries thanks to donations of vaccines from EU Member States.