Heavy snowfall in December affected air traffic all over Europe, including in Belgium. Nonetheless, Brussels Airport welcomed nearly 1.2 million passengers in December 2010, up 3.6% on 2009. Growth is recorded in all segments: intra-European traffic, long-haul as well as low cost. Even the leisure traffic grew slightly, despite the fact that the both weeks of the Christmas holidays fell in December last year, whereas in 2010 only the first week fell in December.
With 39,433 tonnes carried, cargo traffic was 2.2% up on December 2009. Although full-freighter traffic suffered from the winter conditions in Europe, other segments did well. Even the integrator traffic shows clear signs of recovery.
In December Brussels Airport recorded 16,649 aircraft movements, up 3.3% on pcp. Although the last months showed a slight recovery, growth over the whole year remains negative.
In 2010 18 direct routes were opened and 9 new airlines started operating from Brussels Airport. 2011 too looks promising with Qatar Airways starting a five weekly service to Doha as of end January and Air Vallée opening a four weekly service to Angers. As of mid February easyJet extends its network with a six weekly service to Liverpool. Jetairfly announces direct flights to Pristina and Tirana. Blue1 intends to increase the frequency of its flights.