Brussels Airport recorded exceptional figures for September with over 2.23 million passengers, i.e. an increase of 17.7% over September 2013. The increase covers both the domestic market and transfers. The third quarter of 2014 saw 17% growth compared with the same period last year, accelerating the growth already sustained from the second quarter (+16.1%).
Arnaud Feist, CEO Brussels Airport Company: "The traffic figures recorded in September indicate a strong, on-going upwards trend and confirm the exceptional results recorded during the summer months. The huge growth in transfer passengers confirms the increasing role played by Brussels Airport as the Western Europe Star Alliance hub. It is also an important economic indicator, showing that Brussels Airport remains an essential player for the link between Belgium and the rest of the world".
The rise in passenger numbers seen in recent months is continuing with an especially successful September and with 335,000 additional passengers over last year. Transfer passenger numbers have shown particularly strong growth (+33%), which confirms the role played by Brussels Airport as an international transfer platform, both for European destinations and between Europe and the other continents. This increase is a result of activities by Brussels Airlines, low-cost and long-haul airlines that benefit among other things from the launch of an Emirates daily direct Brussels-Dubai flight on 5 September. Apart from Dubai, Brussels Airport has gained a second new destination in September - Warsaw, operated by Brussels Airlines.
The cargo volume carried increased considerably during September, by 10% compared with last September. Cargo carried on both passenger aircraft and cargo aircraft has increased. In the cargo aircraft transport segment, the integrator traffic (DHL) continues to build on the surge it witnessed last year. This boom is mainly due to the significant increase in online trade.
Traffic growth goes hand in hand with a more modest increase of 8.2% in the number of flights. The occupation rate is up 3 points to 78.2%. The average number of passengers per flight has risen from 108 in September 2013 to 116 in September 2014, an increase of 7.4%.