Air cargo volumes down 14% at Brussels Airport

Brussel Airport saw cargo volumes drop by 14% in April compared to April 2021 - but was up 22% compared to the same period in 2019 .

The full cargo segment declined by 30%, while belly cargo rose by 58% due to the increase in the number of passenger flights. Cargo-only passenger flights accounted for 39% of full cargo flights.

Integrator services also declined by 17% due to slower growth in the Western European e-commerce market and the temporary reallocation of certain flights to other airports. In addition, trucked air cargo volumes fell by 14%.

Asia has again become the largest import and export region. while Africa is the second largest import region and the third largest export region, showing growth in both segments over the last year. North America is the third largest import region and the second largest export region.

Since the start of global vaccine distribution in November 2020, Brussels Airport has transported 1.2 billion Covid-19 vaccines, making Brussels Airport a preferred hub for vaccine shipments.

The airport welcomed more than 1.5 million passengers during April, an increase of 527% compared to April 2021 - the highest number of passengers since the start of the crisis in March 2020.