In April, Brussels Airport welcomed almost 1,9 million passengers, which is 18% more than in April 2022. The Easter holidays in Dutch-language education and the start of the May holidays in the Netherlands at the end of April resulted in a lot of holidaymakers this month. Although there is now also a spread of holidaymakers in our country, given that the holiday in French-speaking education falls for the first time in the month of May. Cargo volumes flown showed a slight increase of 1% compared to 2022.
Passengers: +18% compared to April 2022
In April, 1.852.523 passengers passed through Brussels Airport, an increase of 18% compared to April 2022. In the first half of the month, the Easter holidays in Dutch-language education attracted many holidaymakers, and at the end of April the May holidays started again in The Netherlands. Given that the spring break in French-speaking education falls for the first time in May, there is now more of a spread of holidaymakers in our country.
The share of departing transfer passengers is 15%, which is 40% more than in 2022. This confirms the recovery of intercontinental traffic and the position of Brussels Airport as an important hub. The ten most popular countries in April were Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, the United States, Turkey, France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Morocco respectively.
Cargo volumes flown: 1% increase
In April, we see a slight increase of 1% in the volumes of cargo flown at Brussels Airport. Total cargo volumes decreased by 7% compared to April 2022, to reach 60.972 tonnes. This decrease is mainly due to a 36% decrease in trucked freight. The full-cargo segment continues to grow, up 8% this month, while cargo carried on passenger aircraft fell 6%. In the express services segment, there was a decrease of 3%.
The main import regions are Asia (+20% compared to April 2022), Africa (-14% compared to April 2022) and North America (+1% compared to 2022). In terms of exports, Asia again shows the strongest growth (+27%), and North America remains stable (+0.2%), while volumes for Africa (-1% vs. April 2022) have decreased slightly.
Flight movements: +8% compared to April 2022
The total number of flight movements increased by 2023% in April 8 compared to 2022. The number of passenger flights increased by 10% compared to 2022, there were an average of 141 passengers per flight, compared to 130 in April 2022. The number of cargo flights increased by 4 % down from April 2022, according to the Belgian airport.