More than 2.2 million passengers travelled through Brussels Airport in July
Brussels Airport welcomed 2,223,105 passengers in July, which was a record number since the start of the pandemic, said the airport.
The figure represented 81% of July 2019 passenger numbers and was a result "beyond forecasts". This growth is linked to the recovery of the holiday market and passengers visiting family or friends abroad, according to the Zaventem airport, reports RTBF.
Contributing to the positive result was the transfer of flights from the Netherlands to Brussels Airport and the increase in Dutch travellers from Brussels Airport in order to avoid long waiting times at Dutch airports.
Spain, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Morocco, Portugal, Germany, France and the UK were the most visited countries. Turkey, Greece, Morocco and the US were also popular. The top 10 destinations in July were Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Rome, Alicante, Malaga, New York, Istanbul, Milan and London.
Cancellations due to strikes or staff shortages, as well as the late recovery of the markets in Asia, had a negative influence on the figures, estimated the airport.
Cargo transport recorded a drop of 14% compared to July 2021.
Overall in July 2022, the total number of flights was 18,203, which remains 19% below the level of 2019. But a historic record of 151 passengers on average per flight was recorded, compared to 137 in 2019.
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