Cargo volumes at Brussels Airport (BRU) were down by 11 per cent in May, with the decline covering all segments with all regions showing negative growth, both in terms of imports and exports, the airport says.
All European airports are facing significant decreases, but the results at Brussels Airport are, however, lower than the European average, notably because of strike actions at Belgian air navigation services provider, skeyes, which mainly affected the cargo flights, and elsewhere in Europe.
Airport operator Brussels Airport Company and home carrier Brussels Airlines have jointly launched legal proceedings against skeyes over the service disruptions. Airline TUI fly has also joined the interim injunction proceedings.
In May 2019, the full-freighter segment experienced a sharp drop of 13.3 per cent in comparison to May last year.
For their part, integrator services are facing a sharp decline of 13.2 per cent. Belly cargo dropped by 4.3 per cent, while trucked freight was down sharply by 12.1 per cent.
In May, Brussels Airport handled 2.28 million passengers, which represents an increase of 0.7 per cent compared to May 2018. The number of passenger flights increased slightly by 1.7 per cent in comparison to May last year.