Passenger numbers up 1.3% in February 2011

March 22, 2011

Passengers
Brussels Airport welcomed slightly under 1.1 million passengers in February, up 1.3% on the corresponding month last year. Leisure traffic results were disappointing because of the mid-term break that last year fell in February, whereas this year it fell in March.  Leisure traffic was also affected by the upheaval in Egypt and Tunisia: two popular holiday destinations in the spring. These poor results were compensated by a strong growth in the other passenger traffic segments so February ended with positive growth. Long-haul traffic even recorded two-digit growth.

Cargo
In February, Brucargo handled 37,425 tonnes of air freight, a 6.2% growth on February 2010.  The strongest growth was recorded in the segment of cargo carried on board of passenger aircraft. Integrator traffic too continues its recovery in February.

Aircraft movements
The number of aircraft movements in February increased by 4.1% totaling to 17,077.

New services
Early February easyJet added Liverpool (6/w) to its network. 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 in June Montenegro Airlines is to launch a direct service to Podgorica, a route which never before was flown from Brussels. As of this summer Adria adds Pristina (2/W) to its network (2/w). In June Jetairfly too will be carrying out flights to Tirana and Pristina, (both 2/w). Moreover, as of May this carrier will also start a two weekly service to Porto Santo.
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).

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