Brussels Airport welcomed a record 12.3 million passengers in the first six months of 2019, an increase of 1.8 per cent compared to the same period last year.
During the month of June alone, the number of passengers rose, compared to last year, by 4.3 per cent.
During the month of June, no less than 2,412,774 passengers flew to or from Brussels Airport. That is 4.3 per cent more than in the same period last year.
Thanks to the ever-stronger position of Brussels Airport in the Star Alliance network, the number of transfer passengers in June increased by 3.6 per cent compared to last year.
Because of Ramadan, which this year only had a few days in June, and as a result of the first weekend of the summer holidays, the local departure market saw an increase compared to the same month last year (+2.6 per cent).
Ethiopian, Etihad, Emirates, United and ANA airlines in particular enjoyed a growth in passengers, thanks to the use of larger aircraft on their long-haul flights. The short-haul airlines with the biggest increase were Brussels Airlines, Ryanair, Air Arabia, Vueling, EasyJet, Finnair, Aeroflot, Iberia and TAROM.