Almost 1.9 million passengers at Brussels Airport in October, still down 19% from 2019

66,000 tons of cargo handled

In October, Brussels Airport welcomed nearly 1.9 million passengers, representing 81% of the passenger numbers recorded in 2019. October was the fourth consecutive month in which the airport achieved more than 80% of 2019 passenger numbers, thanks in particular to the growth in business travel. With 66,000 tons of transported goods, the volume of freight fell by 9% compared to the previous year.

Passenger transport: 81% of passenger numbers in 2019

In October, 1,871,732 passengers passed through Brussels Airport, which is 81% of the traffic in September 2019. The strong growth in passenger traffic observed this summer continues, reaching 80% of pre-crisis passenger traffic for the fourth consecutive month. As in September, business travel continues to grow after a sharp drop during the Covid crisis. There are more Dutch travelers at Brussels Airport who want to avoid the crowds at Dutch airports.

Since the autumn holidays for French-speaking school children start a week earlier, October saw a sharp increase in departing passengers.

The proportion of departing transfer passengers was 15%, down 4% from 2019 due to strong growth in local passengers.

The top ten destination countries in October were Spain, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Portugal, the US, France, Greece, the UK and Morocco. Turkey and Greece in particular outperformed October 2019 due to the early start of the autumn holidays.

Freight: 9% decrease in volumes compared to 2021

In October, cargo traffic at Brussels airport decreased by 9% compared to the same period in 2021 and increased by 21% compared to 2019. Good year 2021 for the cargo area of ​​Brussels airport. The full truck load segment also fell by 14%. Belly cargo increased slightly by 2% due to the increase in the number of passenger flights. Finally, the integrators segment declined 13%. In general, cargo volumes are under pressure due to ongoing geopolitical tensions, lockdowns in China, a looming recession and its impact on e-commerce.

Truck freight volume also fell by 12%. Asia remains the largest importing and exporting region, although volumes are slightly lower than last year due to the temporary impact of the lockdown in China. Africa is the second region in terms of imports while North America is third. In terms of exports, North America is the second region and Africa is third.


Compared to October 2021, the total number of flight movements increased by 22% to 16,818 flight movements, which is still 18% less than in October 2019 before the crisis. The number of passenger flights accounts for 75% of the total number of passenger flights in October 2019. The average number of passengers on board remains high, averaging 140 passengers per flight, compared to 131 in 2019. As a result, the load factor and the number of flights continue to increase, as does the use of larger aircraft.

The number of cargo flights has decreased by 12% compared to 2021.

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