In March, Brussels Airport welcomed more than 1,6 million passengers, an increase of 42% compared to 2022. The end of the crocus holidays in French-language education at the beginning of the month and the start of the Easter holidays for Dutch-language education at the end of the month ensured that Brussels Airport welcomed many holidaymakers. Cargo volumes, on the other hand, decreased by 8% compared to 2022 to reach 66.225 tonnes.
Passengers: +42% compared to March 2022
In March, Brussels Airport welcomed 1.603.565 passengers, an increase of 42% compared to March 2022. The spread of holidays in French-speaking and Dutch-speaking education has had an impact on these passenger figures. The longer spring break on the French-speaking side translated into a higher number of arriving travelers in the first week of March, while the run-up to the Easter holiday in Flanders resulted in a higher number of departing travelers at the end of March.
The share of departing transfer passengers is over 17%, which is 84% more than in 2022. This confirms the recovery of intercontinental traffic and the position of Brussels Airport as an important hub for Brussels Airlines and its intercontinental and European partners within Star Alliance. The ten most popular countries in March were Spain, Germany, Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Turkey and Morocco.
Cargo volumes: -8% compared to March 2022
In March, cargo volumes at Brussels Airport decreased by 8% compared to March 2022, to reach 66.225 tonnes. This decrease is mainly due to a decrease of 27% in trucked freight. Compared to March 2022, we see a decrease in volumes of flown cargo of 3%. The full-cargo segment continues to grow, up 4% in March, while cargo carried on passenger aircraft increased slightly by +1%. There is a decrease in the express services segment.
The main import regions are Asia (+35% compared to March 2022), Africa (-13% compared to March 2022) and North America (+6% compared to March 2022). In terms of exports, Asia again shows the strongest growth (+17% vs. March 2022), while volumes for Africa (-11% vs. March 2022) and North America (-26% vs. March 2022) are strong decreased.
Flight movements: +12% compared to March 2022
The total number of flight movements increased by 2023% in March 12 compared to 2022. The number of passenger flights increased by 23% compared to 2022, there were an average of 138 passengers per flight, compared to 120 in March 2022. The number of cargo flights increased by 10 % down from March 2022, according to the Belgian airport.