In May Brussels Airport handled over 1.7 million passengers, up 8.4% on the corresponding period in 2010. Growth is strongest in the intra-European traffic segment, driven in particular by Brussels Airlines (higher load factors and partial fleet renewal with larger aircraft) and other carriers within the Star Alliance. Despite significant growth on most destinations outside Europe, growth in this segment is limited to 2.3% due to the impact of the political upheaval in various countries in Africa and North-Africa. Partly because of this but also because this year’s Whitsun weekend fell in June, leisure traffic is doing less well in May than last year. Transfer traffic increased by a spectacular 42% on last year.
Although full-freighter activity dropped due to the disappointing import from China and Asia, this was largely compensated by the integrator segment and the increase of cargo carried on board of passenger aircraft. With 40,900 tonnes carried, cargo volume was down -1,8%.
In May Brussels Airport registered 21,560 movements, up 6.8% on the same month last year. The upward trend in the number of movements is a good indicator of ongoing growth.
As of September 2011 Brussels Airlines adds a two weekly service to Bamako (via Accra) to its network. The number of flights to Abidjan is increased back to three flights a week.
The Czech carrier CSA Czech Airlines will be operating a three weekly service to Bratislava as of end June. Turkish Airlines will be upping the frequency on the Istanbul route from 21 to 24 flights a week. Brussels Airlines increases the number of flights to Moscow from 8 to 10 as of the winter season.
During the summer season capacity on a number of long-haul routes will be increased: 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 announces weekly Bangkok/Phuket flights as from November.
Korean Air added a fourth weekly cargo flight to Seoul. By the winter season the frequency will be gradually increased to nine flights a week.