Brussels Airport sees cargo volumes rise 40%

posted on 13th July 2021 by Eddie Saunders
Brussels Airport sees cargo volumes rise 40%

The strong growth in freight volumes observed since the start of the year continues, largely as a result of increased demand for air cargo across Europe.

Cargo figures are compared to those for 2020 since the Covid crisis only had a limited impact on freight volumes last year.

Compared to last year, and as a result of the increase in passenger flights, freight volumes on passenger flights increased strongly (+624% compared to June 2020), although these volumes remain lower than would be expected in a normal year (-34% compared to 2019).

The full freighter segment also increased with 38%, once again with an overall growth for all existing partners.

The new routes of Longtail Aviation and China Central Honghao Airlines contributed to this growth. Integrator servicesincreased 13% compared to June 2020.

As a result, the total flown freight volumes saw a growth of 40% compared to June 2020.

Asia remains the major destination for air freight, followed by North America and Africa.

The trucked volumes increased by 48% compared to the same month last year.

The shipments of Covid-19 vaccines to and from Brussels Airport also continue, with over 150 million vaccines handled at the airport, for export outside of Europe.

This makes Brussels Airport one of the most important hubs in the world for the global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.