Brussels Airport sees strong cargo growth in September

posted on 12th October 2021 by Eddie Saunders
Brussels Airport sees strong cargo growth in September

Cargo continues its strong growth month after month, with a 23% increase in volumes in September compared to September 2020.

Cargo: almost 70,000 tonnes carried

Total cargo volumes continued to grow in September (+23% compared to 2020), a trend that is expected to continue in the coming months, thanks to strong demand for air cargo capacity.

Brussels Airport is a strong player compared to other airports.

This growth and the quality of the services provided have been recognised by the sector, which recently presented Brussels Airport with the Air Cargo News award for ‘Best Cargo Hub’.

The growth of air cargo (+19%) can be observed in all three segments, with full-freighter volumes going up by 25%, integrator volumes by 6%, and belly cargo by 52%.

The latter result can be explained by the increase in the number of passenger flights.

In the full cargo segment, Brussels Airport again saw growth with almost all existing customers.

New routes 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 350 million vaccines handled at the airport to date.

Currently, Brussels Airport also accommodates many vaccine flights to African countries thanks to the donations of vaccines from European Union Member States via the COVAX platform.


In September 2021, the number of full cargo flights increased by 14% compared to last year.

The proportion of cargo-only passenger flights remained stable in September.

Passenger aircraft are still needed due to the high demand for airfreight capacity.

These aircraft are also often used to transport vaccines from Brussels Airport.