Brussels Airport’s cargo figures were severely hit by the national strike which took place on 13 February, bringing air traffic in Belgium to a halt. Both cargo and passenger traffic was affected with full freighters and integrator numbers plunging nearly 13 per cent.
In February 2019, the freight volume at Brussels Airport totalled 52,169 tonnes, down 2.1 per cent on February 2018. The national strike of 13 February impacted negatively here too, by nearly 5.0 per cent the airport estimates.
Had it not been for the strike, February would have been a good month for the freight segment at Brussels Airport, particularly given the downward trend which the sector is seeing in recent months across Europe.
Despite the strike, belly cargo increased by 6.6 per cent compared to February 2018 due to the new long-haul routes that were launched in 2018. Trucked air freight rose by 13.1 per cent.
On the other hand, freight on board of full-freighter aircraft dropped by 13.2 per cent compared to the same period last year. Integrator services too recorded a decrease in volume down 12.5 per cent.
February also saw a 5.8 decline in flight movements, which can also be largely explained by the strike.