In January 2011 Brussels Airport handled over 1.1 million passengers, an increase of 8.3% on January last year. Growth is recorded in all segments. Brussels Airlines registered excellent results in January, on its intra-European flights as well as on its Africa network. Leisure traffic grew only slightly because of the situation in holiday destinations such as Tunisia and Egypt. The strong growth in the low cost segment was mainly driven by easyJet. Transfer traffic was up 16%.
In January Brucargo handled 36,591 tonnes of air cargo, an increase of 1.5% on January 2010. Cargo carried on board of passenger airlines recorded the strongest growth whereas integrator traffic was slightly down on pcp. Full-freighter traffic remained slightly below the result of January 2010, when Brussels Airport handled several extra cargo charter flights.
Brussels Airport recorded 17,358 aircraft movements in January, up 4.1% on January 2010.
At the end of January Qatar Airways started operating a direct service to Doha (5/w). Early February easyJet added Liverpool to its network (6/w). As of the new summer season Belle Air will operate a three weekly service to Tirana. Blue Air will start a two weekly service to Bacau in Romania and Montenegro Airlines is to open a direct service between Brussels and Podgorica, a route which never before was operated from Brussels. In June Jetairfly also starts operating flights to Tirana and Pristina, (both 2/w). The Swedish airline Skyways will start a direct service to Jönköping (10/w), a first for Brussels Airport. The Spanish airline Air Nostrum/Iberia announces services to Vigo (3/w) and San Sebastian (2/w, and another new destination) as of this summer. Several other airlines have announced an increase of their current flight frequencies.
Capacity on a number of long-haul routes will be increased during the summer season: larger aircraft on the Washington (United Airlines), Newark (United Airlines) and Montreal (Air Canada) routes, increased frequency on the Abu Dhabi route (8/w, Etihad Airways).