Brussels Airport welcomed more than 1.5 million passengers during April, an increase of 527% compared to April 2021 and a decrease of 31% compared to April 2019 (before the Covid crisis).
This is the highest number of passengers since the start of the crisis in March 2020.
Air cargo volumes are down by 14% year-on-year, but up 22% compared to the same period in 2019.
Passenger traffic: an increase of 527%.
In April, Brussels Airport welcomed 1,568,413 passengers, the best result since the crisis began in March 2020.
Nevertheless, even if progress and recovery are evident, this is still a 31% decline compared to April 2019.
Compared to 2021, the airport records a 527% increase, but Belgium was facing a travel ban at the time.
The Easter holidays were the main reason for this increase.
The increase continued after the holidays, which bodes well for the summer season.
The start of the spring holidays in the Netherlands also had a positive influence on the figures for the last week of April.
On the other hand, the strike by Belgian Ryanair cabin crew had a very limited impact as only a small number of Ryanair flights operated from Brussels Airport were affected.
The share of departing transfer passengers is 13%, 4 percentage points lower than in 2019 due to a stronger recovery in originating departures and a decrease in transfers within Europe.
The top ten most visited countries from Brussels Airport in April were Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Turkey, the USA, France, the UK, Switzerland and Greece. Spain, Turkey and Greece did particularly well compared to 2019.
The top ten destinations in April were Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Lisbon, Malaga, Milan, London, Alicante, Istanbul and Geneva. Istanbul, Alicante and Malaga in particular recorded high visitor numbers.