Brussels Airport does well in tough year

Brussels Airport has enjoyed a busy 2011 where, unlike many of its European counterparts, cargo volumes have remained almost stable with over 475,000 tonnes carried in the year, driven by a strong second half of the year.


Brussels Airport does well in tough year


Brussels Airport has enjoyed a busy 2011 where, unlike many of its European counterparts, cargo volumes have remained almost stable with over 475,000 tonnes carried in the year, driven by a strong second half of the year. Since August 2011 cargo volumes grew, reaching a growth of 7.3 per cent in December, despite the overall economic lethargy. The year also marked the first time the airport has had a dedicated cargo business unit.

Major cargo airlines including Korean Air Cargo, Singapore Airlines Cargo, Saudi Airlines Cargo and EVA Airways Cargo invested in additional flights and capacity, especially in the second half of the year. DHL integrator traffic also recorded a strong growth in 2011.

The number of full freighter frequencies increased in December by almost 10 per cent, to 1106 movements, bringing the year’s results to 11,740 movements, an increase of more than eight per cent year-on-year.

This coming year will see further investments made to strengthen Brucargo, the dedicated cargo area at Brussels Airport. This includes strengthening of the management team by adding more people and further investing in the cargo area. The airport will also open the cargo area up for third party investors.