At Brussels Airport, passenger traffic was down by 54%. In July, 1,268,257 passengers travelled through Brussels Airport, a decrease of 54% compared to July 2019. This first month of the summer holidays saw continuous improvement from week to week, from 43% of the passenger numbers recorded in July 2019 for the first week of July, to 50% in the final week of July.
Brussels Airport also recorded more departing than arriving passengers over the course of the month, as is always the case during this period. Holiday flights, in particular within Europe, naturally impacted positively on the figures, as did trips to visit family and friends or to a holiday home.
The top 10 destination countries in July were respectively Spain, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Turkey, Portugal, France, Germany, the US and Switzerland. Greece (79% of the numbers for 2019) and Morocco (114% of the numbers for 2019) were especially popular destinations.
However, there is also a negative effect from important holiday destinations to which organised travels are currently not permitted – such as Egypt, Tunisia, Cape Verde and the Caribbean.
Cargo total volumes were up 34%. Freight volumes continued to see impressive growth in July (+34% year on year), thanks to the increased demand for air freight capacity, a trend which is set to continue over the coming months.
The growth in air freight (+32%) is continuing across the three segments, i.e. full freighter (+26%), integrator services (+16%), but also on board passenger flights (+155%) because of the increase in the number of passenger flights. In this last segment, however, volumes remain 28% lower than for July 2019.
Brussels Airport is once again seeing growth in the full cargo segment across almost all existing clients. New routes from Asia are a major contributor to this steady growth. Asia remains the most important region, followed by North America and Africa.
The transport of COVID-19 vaccines to and from Brussels Airport is continuing, with over 210 million vaccines processed at the airport to date. Flights The total number of flight movements fell by 40% in July 2021 compared to pre-pandemic times (2019). Brussels Airport recorded 13,631 movements (versus 22,599 in July 2019). The number of passenger flights fell by 48%.