Brussels Airport reported it has welcomed nearly 2 million passengers in May, down 8.4% on the corresponding month of 2015. However, the number of passengers served are constantly increasing after the terror attacks and last week's passenger figures came close to the ones in 2015.  


In May Brussels Airport welcomed 1,971,664 passengers, down 8.4% or about 180,000 passengers on May 2015. The decrease is seen mainly in the segment of originating departing passengers (-12.8%). The number of transfer passenger grew by a strong 18.1% on May 2015. The strongest growth was recorded at Brussels Airlines.  Both Brussels Airlines and the low cost airlines are again recording positive growth at Brussels Airport.


Cargo traffic at Brussels Airport has recovered from the 22 March attacks. The total volume carried is back to the level of May last year (-0.3%). 

Full-freighter and integrator traffic again record positive growth. Full-freighter traffic grew by 7.9% on May 2015 due to the return and expansion of Ethiopian Cargo at Brussels Airport and to the growing volumes carried by other airlines. Integrator traffic was up 6 %.

Belly cargo, cargo carried on board of passenger flights, was down 16.4% on May 2015. This is explained by the reduced capacity of the airport flight schedule. Early May the capacity for passenger flights was increased from 22 departing flights per hour, to 28 flights per hour.


The number of flight movements at Brussels Airport decreased by 2.5% compared to May 2015. This decrease is explained by the reduced capacity per hour for outbound passenger flights.