In February Brussels Airport recorded a 3.1% growth in passenger numbers compared to February 2013. Growth was tempered by the particularities of the calendar: in 2014 the half-term holiday rush was spread over February and the first days of March, whereas last year it took place entirely in February. Growth in February was strongest in the transfer segment which increased by over 25%.
Growth in passenger figures was driven mainly by the intra-European scheduled services segment, a segment in which Brussels Airlines is doing particularly well. Low-fare too is performing strongly. The start of Ryanair’s operations out of Brussels in the last two days of February already has a limited impact on this result. Long-haul traffic too continues to grow in February.
While the number of flights decreases by 1.7% the number of seats offered remains all but status quo. Growth in passenger numbers is once again sustained by the use of larger aircraft and a considerable improvement of the load factor.
In February too cargo figures continue to recover with a growth of over 8% on the previous corresponding period. Growth is driven mainly by the strong performance of DHL. Belly cargo on board of passenger aircraft too is recovering. Full-freighter airlines however are still suffering from the crisis and the lower cargo prices and continue to cut flights.
The network from Brussels Airport for the 2014 summer season includes 15 new destinations. Never before were so many new destinations opened in one year’s time. The number of passenger destinations now totals 204.
New trans-Atlantic destinations include Charlotte and Miami, and in Europe London Gatwick, Newcastle, Bari, Cagliari, Venice/Treviso, Montpellier, Seville, Santiago de Compostela, Gdansk, Krakow, Wroclaw, Thessaloniki and Split.