Continued recovery of passenger and cargo traffic at Brussels Airport

December 13, 2013

Passengers
In November, Brussels Airport welcomed 1.361 million passengers, up 0.6% on the previous corresponding period. The number of originating passengers grew by 1.2%. The number of transfer and transit passengers too records positive growth. The best performing segments are low fare, long-haul and intra-European scheduled services. Leisure traffic on the other hand records a decrease in November.

Aircraft movements
The number of aircraft movements fell by 4.8% which is entirely attributed to the decrease in the number of passenger flights.

Cargo
After a positive month of October, growth continued through November with cargo volumes up by 6.8%. This is mainly attributed to the strong development of e-commerce and the launch of new routes. Integrator traffic and DHL in particular recorded strong growth. Belly cargo carried on board of passenger aircraft is picking up again after a difficult start earlier this year.  

Network
Brussels Airport again announces additional routes for the summer season of 2014. Ryanair plans to base 4 aircraft at Brussels Airport that will operate flights to 10 destinations in Southern Europe.
Aegean Airlines opens a two weekly service to Thessaloniki, a new destination for Brussels Airport. Turkish Airlines launches a daily service to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport and thus replaces Pegasus Airlines who have decided to discontinue services on this route.
After having announced new services to Bordeaux and Naples, easyJet will also start operating two flights a day to London Gatwick which means that the second London airport will again be directly accessible from Brussels Airport. Apart from the new route to Split, Thomas Cook Airlines will also be opening a new service to Ajaccio.

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