After an already busier July, the passenger numbers rose in the month of August to 56% of the passenger number of August 2019.
No fewer than 1,469,406 million passengers travelled via Brussels Airport. In addition to the holiday season, the weather in Belgium also played a role in the demand for sun destinations.
“With 2.7 million passengers at Brussels Airport this summer holiday, we have finally been able to set a real relaunch in motion, together with the partners at Brussels Airport,” says Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.
“We have not yet reached the 5.3 million of a normal summer, but the confidence in travelling is recovering and this summer again demonstrates that this, with vaccination and/or testing, can be done safely.
“We hope that even more fellow citizens will be able to enjoy a well-earned holiday in September and October, now that airlines continue to offer a wide range of holiday destinations.
“Furthermore, we hope that business travel will also be able to restart this autumn.
“The autumn remains uncertain, but we are ready to welcome all our passengers in the best circumstances.”
In August, 1,469,406 passengers travelled via Brussels Airport. That is a decline of 44% compared to August 2019, but a considerable increase compared to August 2020, as in that month fewer than 570,000 passengers visited the airport.
As usual in the month of August, there were more arriving than departing passengers but the number of departing passengers remains high (654,000).
During this summer holiday, in July and August there were a total of 2.7 million passengers at Brussels Airport.
This result far exceeds the forecast for the holiday season which was 2.5 million passengers.
It is also a considerable increase in comparison with the summer of 2020, when only 1.1 million passengers travelled via the airport, and more than half of the number of passengers in a normal summer before the covid crisis (5.3 million in summer 2019).
The ten most important holiday countries in August were Spain, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Turkey, Portugal, France, Germany, the United States and Switzerland.