During the month of October, Brussels Airport welcomed 2 million passengers, an increase of 8% compared to the same month in 2022. The start of the autumn mid-term holidays of French-language schools has positively influenced the figures. After months of decline, flown air cargo volumes record a slight increase (+0.4%) on October last year.
Flown cargo volumes: slight increase to 0.4%
Overall freight volumes at Brussels Airport fell by 3% compared to October 2022, reaching 64,220 tonnes.
After several months of decline, flown cargo volumes grew slightly (+0,4%), totalling 53,646 tonnes.
The full freighter segment fell by 4% while belly cargo increased sharply by 24%, thanks to the increase in passenger flights. Express services fell by 6% and trucked cargo volumes by 18%.
The main import regions are Asia (which recorded a sizeable increase of 31% compared to October 2022), Africa and North America. The main export region is also Asia, followed by North America and Africa.
Flight movements: 3% increase compared to October 2022
In October 2023, the number of flight movements increased by 3% to 17,313. The number of passenger flights increased by 7% compared to 2022. There was an average of 142 passengers per flight, two more than in October last year, thanks to the use of larger aircraft and a higher seat occupancy rate per flight. The number of cargo flights decreased by 8% compared to October 2022.