Brussels Airport’s cargo rebounds in May

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Brussels Airport’s cargo traffic has recovered in May after the 22 March terrorist attacks – as full-freighter and integrator traffic are again showing positive growth.

The gateway says bellyhold cargo however continues to show negative growth due to the lower number of flights at the start of the month.

In May, cargo traffic volume carried is back to the level of May last year (-0.3 per cent) to 40,395 tonnes, down on the 40,535 tonnes in May 2015. For the first five months of 2016, cargo was down by 5.7 per cent to 190,265 tonnes, down on 201,756 last year.

Full-freighter and integrator traffic again record positive growth. Full-freighter traffic grew by 7.9 per cent on May 2015 due to the return and expansion of Ethiopian Cargo at Brussels Airport and to the growing volumes carried by other airlines. Integrator traffic was up six per cent.

Bellyhold cargo was down 16.4 per cent on May 2015. This was put down to the reduced capacity of the airport flight schedule, as well as loss of Jet Airways.