Brussels Airport experienced another year of strong growth in 2018, with cargo volumes growing by 7.5 per cent, reaching 731,600 tonnes of cargo for the full year. This is a very nice result and makes us very happy. But even more interesting is to look a bit in more detail to our numbers, thanks to the insights we generate via our BRUcloud data sharing platform.
Data from the airport’s BRUcloud data sharing platform reveals that local cargo on ‘trucks replacing aircraft’ increased significantly, “once again confirming the strong market and lack of capacity to meet the local demand,” the airport says.
Belly cargo on passenger aircraft also saw substantial growth thanks to several new and additional long haul flights from carriers such as Hainan Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Emirates.
Belgium remains a strong export country, with 52 per cent of its shipments comprised of exports while 48 per cent being imports. Imports grew by 18 per cent in the year while exports only grew 1.0 per cent.
The biggest export region remains Asia, totalling almost 48 per cent of total export volumes, followed by North America with 22 per cent and Africa with 18 per cent. Asia is also the biggest import region with an almost 41 per cent share. The second biggest import region is Africa at 29 per cent, beating North America which comes in third at 27 per cent.
The strongest growth of the regions was Latin America, both in terms of import and export, supported by new flights of Latam Cargo and Avianca Cargo. Import increased by 108 per cent and export by 63 per cent.