Brussels Airport posts 7% tonnage growth in August

Brussels Airport’s tonnage grew by seven per cent in August to 57, 234 tonnes – fuelled by growth in belly volumes and freighter traffic.

Belly cargo continues its growth, with a strong increase of 17.4 per cent as the arrival of new long-haul flights to Asia and the Gulf by airlines like Hainan Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Emirates drove volumes.

The freighter sector recorded an increase of 4.3 per cent compared to the same month last year, thanks especially to some new routes and customers such as LATAM and Atlas Air.

Trucked air freight, mainly imports, also see a healthy growth of 11.3 per cent compared to August 2017. The total tonnage of express service freight remains quite stable and fell a fraction at 1.1 per cent.

In August, the volume of goods exports continued its growth with South America recording an increase of 81 per cent, thanks to direct flights operated since April by LATAM destined for Brazil and Chile. However, the airport said the imports coming from Asia particularly made the difference with very strong growth.

In the first eight months of 2018, tonnage is up 7.8 per cent to 487,334 tonnes. The freighter sector is down 4.3 per cent to 107,590 tonnes, express up 0.4 per cent to 147,702 tonnes, belly up 19.6 per cent to 108,222 tonnes and trucked cargo up 21.1 per cent to 123,821 tonnes.