Tonnage rises 4.5% at Brussels Airport in April

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Freight tonnage rose year-on-year (YOY) by 4.5 per cent at Brussels Airport in April this year compared to the same month in 2017 mainly due to strong rises in trucked cargo and belly traffic.

The Belgian gateway handled 61,500 tonnes last month, which included 46,130 tonnes of flown cargo and 15,370 tonnes tonnes of trucked cargo. The freighter segment made up 14,164 tonnes, belly 14,213 tonnes and integrators 17,753 tonnes.

Flown cargo remained stable growing YOY by 0.3 per cent while trucked cargo increased very strongly YOY at 19.5 per cent, confirming the excellent figures this segment has been recording for several

The full freighter segment continues to show a sharp drop which began 12 months ago due to more stringent noise standards in the Brussels Region and falling YOY by 12.6 per cent.

This decrease was partially offset by a strong YOY increase in belly cargo of 17 per cent. Integrator services have meanwhile slightly increased by 0.7 per cent. This overall increase in air freight is mainly due to large exports from Europe, with imports increasing slightly.

Cargo trucked from and to other airport hubs continues the upward trend started a few months ago, with a significant YOY increase of 19.5 per cent compared to April 2017. Growth is mainly in the import sector.