Brussels Airport welcomed more than 1.7 million passengers in June, an increase of 168% compared to June 2021 and 72% of the number of passengers in 2019, before the Covid crisis.
Brussels Airport continues its momentum as these are again the highest monthly figures since the crisis began in March 2020. On the cargo side, volumes are down on last year (-12%), but up 23% on 2019.
Passenger traffic: a 168% increase
In June, 1,733,933 passengers passed through Brussels Airport, an increase of 168% compared to June 2021, but also a decrease of 28% compared to June 2019, before the crisis. These are again the highest figures in absolute numbers since the beginning of the Covid crisis.
However, passenger numbers could have been even higher if it hadn’t been for the industrial actions Brussels Airport was faced with in the week of 20 June.
Several airlines also experienced occasional cancellations due to capacity problems at European airports.
The number of departing passengers is higher than the number of arriving passengers due to the start of the summer holidays, for some, during the last part of June.
The share of departing transfer passengers is 14.5% and thus remains 3 percentage points lower than in 2019.
This can be attributed to the stronger recovery of originating departures and a decrease in transfers within Europe in particular.
The top 10 most visited countries from Brussels Airport in June were Spain, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Greece, Portugal, USA, France, the UK and Morocco respectively.
The top ten destinations in June were Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Rome, Milan, London, Istanbul, Vienna, Malaga and Frankfurt.
The total number of movements in June 2022 increased by 69% compared to 2021, reaching 16,111 flight movements (compared to 20,895 in 2019).
The number of passenger flights increased by 105% compared to 2021 and accounted for 69% of the passenger flight movements in June 2019.
The average occupancy rate per flight was 139 passengers, compared to 133 in 2019.
Passenger load factors therefore continue to increase, as does the deployment of larger aircraft.