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[Brussels Airport] Almost 2.2 million passengers at Brussels Airport in August

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Almost 2.2 million passengers at Brussels Airport in August  

More than 62,000 tonnes of goods were transported 

In August, Brussels Airport welcomed 2.2 passengers, i.e. 82% of the passenger numbers in August 2019 and the best result since the start of the crisis. Cargo volumes are down on last year (-11%), but up 19% on 2019. 

Passenger traffic: 82% of the 2019 passenger numbers 

2,154,380 passengers chose Brussels Airport in August, 82% of the number of passengers recorded in August 2019. As in July, this growth was primarily due to a strong recovery in the holiday market and visits to family and friends. Brussels Airport is also seeing a positive effect from the increase in the number of Dutch travellers who have chosen to fly out of Brussels Airport to avoid the heavy rush at Dutch airports. The good weather had a slightly negative influence on the passenger numbers, as some holidaymakers likely decided to stay in Belgium to take advantage of it. 

The number of inbound passengers was higher than the number of outbound passengers, as usual in August. The share of outbound transfer passengers was 16%, only 1% percentage point lower than in 2019. 

The top 10 countries in August were respectively Spain, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Germany, Portugal, the US, France and the United Kingdom. In particular, Turkey, Greece, Morocco and the United States exceeded the August 2019 results. In terms of destinations, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Alicante, Rome, Istanbul, New York, Malaga, Frankfurt and Dublin were the top 10. Alicante, Istanbul, New York and Dublin were more popular than in August 2019. 

Cargo: volumes down by 11% compared to 2021 

In August, cargo traffic at Brussels Airport fell by 11% compared to August 2021, which was still 19% up compared to 2019. Air freight volumes were down 12% compared to last year. The full freighter segment declined by 19%. As expected, cargo-only passenger flights continue to decrease gradually, given the recovery of passenger flights. Last year, this segment represented a significant volume of the full freight market (34% in August 2021 versus 6% in August 2022). At the same time, the number of full freight operations has gradually increased, partially offsetting the volumes lost on passenger aircraft. 

The integrator segment declined by 14%, while belly cargo grew by 16%, due to the increase in passenger flights. In addition, trucked air cargo volumes were also down by 10%. These decreases can be accounted for by geopolitical and energy supply disruptions, blockages in China, the impending recession and its impact on e-commerce. 


The total number of movements in August 2022 reached 17,882, an increase of 27% compared to August 2021 but still down 17% on August 2019, before the crisis. The number of passenger flights represents 77% of the August 2019 passenger flight count. The number of passengers per flight remains high with an average of 151 passengers, compared to 137 in 2019. Passenger load factors therefore continue to increase, as does the deployment of larger aircraft. 

About Brussels Airport 
Brussels Airport is one of the most important airports in Europe. In 2021 the airport welcomed 9.4 million passengers, compared to 26.4 million passengers in 2019. The airport also has an important cargo activity with more than 843,000 tonnes of cargo transported in 2021. Brussels Airport caters for the specific needs of business travellers and holidaymakers alike, on intra-European as well as long haul flights. In 2022, it offers direct connections to more than 200 destinations.   
The airport also offers a leading cargo platform, specialised in the transport of pharmaceutical products, perishable goods, e-commerce and live animals. Brussels Airport is the most important pharmaceutical hub in Europe with the largest surface of temperature-controlled warehouses, thus supporting the global fight against Covid-19.  
Brussels Airport is the second most important economic growth pool in Belgium, good for 24,000 direct and 40,000 indirect jobs and is operated by Brussels Airport Company. Its shareholders are the Belgian State (25%) and a consortium of private investors (75%).
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