Flown cargo throughput at Brussels Airport (BRU) decreased by 11.3 per cent in April year-on-year, to 40,902 tonnes, a result that was further impacted by the service disruptions at Belgian air traffic control company, Skeyes.
The decline corresponds with the negative market trend for European air cargo traffic, BRU says, pointing to the slowdown in global freight markets since the end of last year.
Full freighter traffic, in particular, experienced a significant decrease of -20.3 per cent compared to April last year, to 11,288 tonnes, in part dragged down by the impact from Saudia Cargo ceasing operations at Brussels Airport.
A number of cargo flights were also cancelled due to airspace closures, which occurred during peak freighter operation hours mainly during the night and early morning, as a result of limited staffing at Skeyes.
This is mainly reflected in the decline in express services, with integrator volumes down -8.4 per cent y-o-y to 16,257 tonnes. The volume of belly cargo dropped by -6.0 per cent, to 13,357 tonnes.
Trucked cargo was the only area experiencing growth, up 6.5 per cent to 16,362 tonnes.
Meanwhile, Brussels Airport handled 2.29 million passengers in April this year, an increase of 1.5 per cent compared to the previous April, while the number of passenger flights decreased by 0.5 per cent against April last year.