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May 23, 2017

Brussels Airport sees large increase in cargo traffic in April

With a cargo volume of close to 46,000 tonnes, Brussels Airport has recorded its best month of April since 2009, when the number of night slots at Brussels Airport was reduced from 25,000 to 16,000.

Air cargo traffic at the airport went up by 11.9% compared against 2015*. The increase is due to the strong 32.9% growth in the full-cargo segment driven by the arrival of Ethiopian Cargo which set up shop at Brussels airport in March 2016, and the 5.4% rise in express services, compared against April 2015. Belly cargo on passenger planes remained stable in April 2017 (-0.3%) compared against the same month in 2015.

The growth percentage for the full-freighter transport is below the European average, with growth only being achieved on existing routes. Because of the ongoing uncertainty regarding the Brussels' noise fines, Brussels Airport is unable to realise the growth opportunities on the market, not even with its own customers, this in contrast with the airports in our neighbouring countries that have no trouble attracting new cargo volumes.

(*) Traffic figures for the month of April 2017 are compared against the figures of record year 2015 at Brussels Airport. As a result of last year's attacks, the figures for 2016 are not representative, which means any comparison would present a distorted image.

Source: Brussels Airport