Strike action and lower freighter volumes hit Brussels in June


Cargo volumes at Brussels Airport fell by 6.8 per cent to 40,243 tonnes as it was hit by strike action and falling full-freighter volumes.

The Belgian hub says a large reason for the 6.8 per cent fall was due to having to cancel several flights following the Brucargo blockage on 24 June. Cargo volumes carried on freighter aircraft fell by 13.4 per cent compared to June 2015 to 11,886 tonnes due to KF Aerospace ceasing operations, Yangtze River Express transferring part of its activities to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Saudia Cargo reducing operations. The return of Ethiopian Cargo and arrival of Etihad Cargo reduced the fall in volumes.

Bellyhold cargo fell by 16.6 per cent in June to 10,249 tonnes following the departure of Jet Airways and cancellations due to the 24 June trade union action. Integrator traffic grew by 5.4 per cent helped by the increasing importance of e-commerce.

Between January and June, total volumes fell by 5.9 per cent to 230,508 tonnes, with freighter tonnage down 1.4 per cent to 169,686 tonnes and bellyhold falling 16.6 per cent to 60,822 tonnes.