Brussels cargo volumes keep growing despite falling freighter traffic

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Freight traffic at Brussels Airport grew by 4.5 per cent in April but full freighter volumes continue to decline due to stringent noise standards.

Total cargo volumes were up 4.5 per cent to 61,500 tonnes but total flown cargo only increased by 0.3 per cent to 46,130 tonnes.

Full freighter volumes have declined 12.6 per cent to 14,164 tonnes continuing a sharp drop that began 12 months ago due to more stringent noise standards in the Brussels Region.

This was partially offset by belly cargo volumes increasing 17 per cent to 14,213 tonnes, while integrator traffic was up 0.7 per cent to 17,753 tonnes.

Trucked cargo continues to increase with growth of 19.5 per cent in April to 15,370 tonnes.

In the first four months of the year, total cargo has increased 2.9 per cent to 238,551 tonnes despite flown cargo falling 1.5 per cent to 179,373 tonnes.

Freighter traffic was down 13.9 per cent to 55,371 tonnes, integrators dipped 0.3 per cent to 72,346 tonnes and belly volumes were up 14.1 per cent to 51,656 tonnes.

Trucked volumes continued to see double digit increases with growth of 18.8 per cent to 59,178 tonnes.