During the month of October, Brussels Airport welcomed 2 million passengers, an increase of 8% compared to the same month in 2022.
The start of the autumn mid-term holidays of French-language schools has positively influenced the figures.
Passengers: +8% compared to October 2022
In October, Brussels Airport welcomed 2,016,071 passengers, an increase of 8% compared to the same month in 2022.
The two-week mid-term holiday of French-speaking schools in Belgium and the autumn school holidays in the Netherlands boosted the numbers of passengers departing from Brussels Airport as of October 20.
On the other hand, the suspension of Brussels Airlines flights to Tel Aviv at the beginning of October had a negative impact on passenger numbers.
The share of transfer passengers was 14.5% in October, which confirms Brussels Airport’s role as a hub, particularly for the airlines of the Star Alliance group, and more particularly for flights from Europe and North America to Africa.
The ten most visited countries in October were Spain, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Portugal, France, Morocco, the United States, Greece and the United Kingdom.
It should be noted that in the first ten months of 2023, the number of passengers travelling through Brussels Airport equalled that recorded for the whole of 2022.
In October 2023, the number of flight movements increased by 3% to 17,313. The number of passenger flights increased by 7% compared to 2022.
There was an average of 142 passengers per flight, two more than in October last year, thanks to the use of larger aircraft and a higher seat occupancy rate per flight.