Over 2 million passengers passed through Brussels Airport in April 2015, representing a growth of 5.8% compared with April last year. Air freight was also up by 6% compared with the same period last year. Passenger growth was in double figures all year, due mainly to the start of Vueling and Ryanair and the strong performance of other airlines. Brussels Airport is now returning to more normal, single-figure growth figures.
In April 2015, 2,009,561 passengers passed through Brussels Airport, an increase of 5.8% compared with April last year. The strongest growth was recorded in the European network of Brussels Airlines and in the low-cost segment. Significant growth was also recorded on the long-haul destinations. The number of transfer passengers at our airport rose by almost 8% compared with April 2014 as a result of the development of Brussels Airlines and the Star Alliance partners.
Cargo volumes at Brussels Airport increased by 6% in April, with the share of full freight in particular making strong headway, thanks to the arrival of various new companies in the last year. This is a remarkable result compared with other European airports, where this segment is generally stagnating or even shrinking.
Last year, cargo carriers Qatar Airways and Ethiopian Cargo started operations at Brussels Airport, and this year we welcomed Yangtze River Express.
The number of flight movements only rose by 3.6% in April 2015 compared with April last year. However, there was a significant hike in the number of daytime cargo flights.
More detailed figures are shown below.