After an already busier July, the passenger numbers at Brussels Airport rose in the month of August to 56% of the passenger numbers of August 2019. No fewer than 1,469,406 million passengers travelled via Brussels Airport.
Air freight continues to grow strongly month after month, with an increase of 34% in volumes compared to August 2020.
“With 2.7 million passengers at Brussels Airport this summer holiday, we have finally been able to set a real relaunch in motion, together with the partners at Brussels Airport. We have not yet reached the 5.3 million of a normal summer, but the confidence in travelling is recovering and this summer again demonstrates that this, with vaccination and/or testing, can be done safely,” says Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.
“We hope that even more fellow citizens will be able to enjoy a well-earned holiday in September and October, now that airlines continue to offer a wide range of holiday destinations. Furthermore, we hope that business travel will also be able to restart this autumn. The autumn remains uncertain, but we are ready to welcome all our passengers in the best circumstances.”
The growth of freight volumes continued in August (+35% compared to 2020). The expectation is that this trend will continue in the months ahead, due to the large demand for air freight capacity.
The growth in air freight (+34%) can be seen in all three segments, in full freighter (+ 40%), integrator services (+ 17%), and also in the freight transport on board of passenger flights (+ 76%) which is recovering further thanks to the expansion in the number of passengers flights, although these volumes remain 33% lower than the volumes in August 2019.
In the full freight segment there has been a growth with nearly all existing clients, the Airport reports. It is the new routes from Asia in particular that contribute to this extra growth. Asia remains the most important region, followed by North America and Africa. The transport of COVID-19 vaccines to and from Brussels Airport continues; until now, more than 300 million vaccines have been handled at the airport.