Note: As a result of the exceptional conditions in April 2010 due to the ash cloud, growth percentages for the past month are distorted.
In April Brussels Airport handled 1.6 million passengers, up 37.3% on April 2010. If we neutralise the effect of the ash cloud, growth in April would be more in the region of 3%.
Compared to April 2009, growth amounts to 5.9%. Growth is recorded in all passenger segments. However, growth in the leisure segment was limited due to the impact of the exceptionally nice weather in Belgium on the last-minute bookings. Transfer traffic even increases by 83% (attributable in part to the impact of the ash cloud) driven mainly by the activities of Brussels Airlines and its Star Alliance partners.
In April, Brucargo handled 38,327 tonnes of air cargo: up 8.4% on the same month last year. However, any comparison is affected by the impact of the ash cloud. Also, last year’s figures were boosted by an exceptionally large charter operation by Korean Air Cargo. Still, integrator traffic is clearly on the up again and the volume of cargo carried on board of passenger aircraft continues to increase. Growth in the latter segment is driven by the continued increase of long-haul traffic.
Brussels Airport registered 19,448 aircraft movements in April, up 23.7% on April 2010. Here too the exceptional growth percentage is attributable to the impact of the ash cloud.
29 March saw the start of the summer season in aviation with several new direct routes operated from Brussels Airport. Since the start of the summer season Belle Air operates a three weekly service to Tirana. Blue Air will launch a two weekly service to Bacau in Romania as of end May and Adria is adding Pristina (2/w) to its network as from June.
The Czech carrier CSA Czech Airlines will be operating a three weekly service to Bratislava as of end June.
Jetairfly too will be carrying out flights to Tirana and Pristina (both twice a week) as of June. The Spanish airline Air Nostrum/Iberia announces services to Vigo (3/w) and San Sebastian (2/w) 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 Philadelphia (B767 US Airways), Washington (B777 United Airlines), Newark (B777 United Airlines and B777 Jet Airways), Montreal (A330 Air Canada) and Mumbai (B777 Jet Airways) routes, increased frequency on the Abu Dhabi route (8/w, Etihad Airways).
Jetair and Thomas Cook announce weekly Bangkok/Phuket flights as from November.
Iberia will start operating three flights a week to Madrid in June. Korean Air has announced six additional cargo flights (from 3 up to 9 a week) by the winter season. A fourth weekly service is to commence straight away.