Overall cargo volumes continued to grow at Brussels Airport in October (+19% compared to 2020), thanks to strong demand for air cargo capacity.
The growth of air cargo (+18%) can be observed in all three segments, namely full cargo (+22%), express services (+8%), but also in belly cargo (+41%) which continues to recover thanks to the increase in the number of passenger flights.
In the full cargo segment, Brussels Airport again saw growth with almost all existing customers. New connections from Asia in particular are contributing to this growth.
Asia remains the most significant region, followed by North America and Africa.
The transport of Covid-19 vaccines to and from Brussels Airport continues, with over 450 million vaccines dispatched via the airport to date within Europe.
Brussels Airport also hosts many vaccine flights via the COVAX platform to African countries thanks to donations of vaccines from EU Member States.
Cargo flights increased by 9% compared to October 2020.
The proportion of passenger aircraft used for cargo only increased slightly compared with last September.
Passenger aircraft are still needed due to the high demand for air cargo capacity. These aircraft are also often used to transport vaccines from Brussels Airport.