During the two months of summer holidays, Brussels Airport recorded passenger numbers of more than 50% of 2019’s figures, a trend that continued through September with no fewer than 1.3 million passengers over the month, i.e. 52% of pre-crisis numbers.
Passenger traffic: 52% of the September 2019 traffic numbers
In September, 1,302,967 passengers travelled via Brussels Airport.
This represents a decrease of 48% compared to September 2019, but a clear increase compared to September 2020, when only 379,303 passengers passed through the airport.
In terms of passenger numbers, September is comparable to the past two holiday months and is, together with August, the second month this year with over 1.3 million passengers.
As was the case in August, Brussels Airport welcomed more passengers arriving than departing during September, even though many passengers chose September for their holidays.
Consequently, leisure flights, especially intra-European flights, were very successful, as were visits to family and friends abroad and second-home stays.
Finally, the changeable weather in September in Belgium gave a boost to the demand for flights to the sun.
The top 10 most popular travel destinations in September were, in order: Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, France, Germany, Morocco, Switzerland and the USA. Greece (96% of 2019 figures) and Morocco (112% of 2019 figures) continue their strong growth.
The top ten destinations in September were Barcelona, Lisbon, Madrid, Rome, Malaga, Milan, Alicante, Istanbul, Porto and Nice.
The proportion of departing transfer passengers was 16%, slightly lower than in 2019, due to the strong recovery in originating traffic.
In September 2021, the total number of flight movements decreased by 35% compared to the pre-crisis period (2019). Brussels Airport recorded 13,954 movements (compared to 21,533 in September 2019). The number of passenger flights decreased by 45%.
The average occupancy rate per flight was 125 passengers, compared to 132 in September 2019.