Brussels Airport’s cargo volumes grew year-on-year (YOY) by 1.3 per cent in October compared to the same month last year.
The airport said over the course of last month, 59,685 tonnes were carried at the Belgian gateway and although this is a positive result, it was below the forecasts due to the strike at ground handler Aviapartner.
In October, the freighter segment processed 10,890 tonnes, a 17.4 per cent YOY fall on September 2017 and belly cargo was up YOY by 4.8 per cent to 13,066 tonnes.
Integrator freight reached 19,217 tonnes, a slight 0.7 per cent YOY decline and trucked cargo was up YOY by 18.9 per cent to 16,511 tonnes.
In the first 10 months of the year Brussels Airport handled 605,070 tonnes, an increase of 6.6 per cent on the same period last year and it looks set to pass 700,000 tonnes for the calendar year in 2018.
Freighter cargo is down 4.4 per cent YOY to 131,809 tonnes, integrator freight is down 0.2 per cent to 184,725 tonnes, belly cargo continues to drive figures and is up YOY by 16.9 per cent to 134,024 along with trucked cargo which is up 18.6 per cent to 154,511 tonnes.
Brussels Airport said due to the Aviapartner strike, more cargo was trucked to other airports and exports were the most affected and saw a 14 per cent decline.