Brussels Airport sees accelerated cargo growth

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250,065 passengers passed through Brussels Airport in April, down 89% on April 2019.

This very low number is explained by the ban on non-essential travel which remained in effect until the April 18 and the array of travel restrictions and conditions.

Cargo traffic continues its strong growth with a 72% increase on the same period in 2020.

The very good start of the year with strong growth in cargo volumes continued and even accelerated through April, largely due to the high demand for air cargo across Europe.

Contrary to the passenger figures, cargo volumes are compared to the 2020 figures as the COVID pandemic has had only a limited impact on cargo volumes in 2020. The growth of air freight compared to 2020 is remarkable in all segments, in the integrator segment (+ 55), the full-freighter segment (+59%) and even in belly cargo, which rebounded from very low volumes in April 2020 (+492%).

In the full-freighter segment, Brussels Airport records general growth in the activities of all existing clients. Four new cargo carriers have come to strengthen the logistics platform at Brussels Airport by opening new routes to Asia: Azul, Japan Airlines, SpiceJet and China Central Longhao Airlines.

The activity in the integrator segment structurally remains at a higher level than in previous years thanks to the strong increase in online purchases. Import and export volumes have increased, especially inbound volumes coming from Asia and North America. COVID-19 vaccine shipments to and from Brussels Airport continue, with several tens of millions of vaccines handled at Brussels Airport to this day, making Brussels Airport an important hub in the global distribution of vaccines.