Brussels Zaventem Airport looks back at Successful Summer Season

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LONDON – Brussels Zaventem Airport (BRU/EBBR) was used by over 4.4 million passengers from July 1st to August 31st.

Brussels Zaventem Airport has been used by over 4.4 million passengers between July 1st to August 31st, exceeding expectations.

This marks 81% of the number of passengers that used the airport during the same period of time in August 2019.

In July over 2.2 million passengers passed through the airport, showing a real summer recovery.

The airport also marked a historic record for the average number of passengers per flight. Over 64,000 tons of goods were transported to and from the airport.

During the first month of summer holidays the airport continued its positive trend, again passing the highest monthly results since March 2020.

The average number of passengers per flight reached an all time record of 151 passengers, compared to 137 passengers in 2019. While flight and passenger numbers aren’t up to pre pandemic levels, this definitely shows the massive rise in demand the airline industry is currently experiencing.

Total numbers of passengers from January to July 2022 were 211,3% higher then in 2021 in the same period, but still have been down by 33,6% compared to the same period in 2019.

The top ten destination countries in July were Spain, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, France, the US, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Passenger numbers on flights to Turkey, Greece, Morocco and the United States matched or even exceeded pre pandemic levels.

The top ten destinations in July were Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Rome, Alicante, Malaga, New York, Istanbul, Milan and London.

While the number of flights operated and passengers passing through the Airport is lower then in 2019, the amount of vacant positions at Brussels Zaventem Airport is bigger then before the pandemic. The airport currently has around 600 vacant positions.

Brussels Airport’s CEO told journalists that “Although there were some delays due to the sheer number of passengers, everything possible was done to allow passenger to fly in the best possible circumstances.”

“The successful summer came about thanks to good preparatory work in anticipation of the resumption of holiday travel that had been underway since the end of 2021 and thanks to efficient cooperation with our many partners”.

Following the airport chaos in Amsterdam, there was a big increase in the number of Dutch passengers departing from Brussels, as well as a large number of late bookings, which pushed up passenger numbers during July and August.

While passenger numbers have been rising, the Cargo volume has been down by 14% compared to last year. Cargo flights with passenger aircrafts continue to decrease as passenger traffic is recovering.

Total cargo volume has been up by 15,4% compared to July 2019.

In terms of imports and exports, Asia was the most important region, followed by Africa and North America.

The total number of flight movements in July 2021 was 13,631 – this July the total number of movement was 18,203, up by over 33,5%, but still 18,7% lower then in 2019.

Total movements between January and July have been up by 92,4% compared to the same period 2021, but were still down by -26,6% compared to 2019.

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