Sharp tonnage fall of 11% at Brussels Airport in May

posted on 20th June 2019 by Justin Burns

Brussels Airport’s cargo volumes declined sharply by 11 per cent in May with falls seen across all freight categories.

The Belgian airport said all regions showed negative growth, both in terms of imports and exports and it handled 58,087 tonnes, compared to 65,250 tonnes in May last year.

Brussels Airport said the results are lower than the European average, notably because of strike action at skeyes which mainly affected the cargo flights, and elsewhere in Europe. 

In May 2019, the freighter segment experienced a sharp drop of 13.3 per cent in comparison to May last year to 11,966 tonnes.

For their part, integrator services also saw a similarly sharp decline of 13.2 per cent to 17,932 tonnes, while belly cargo dropped by 4.3 per cent to 13,736 tonnes, and trucked freight was down sharply by 12.1 per cent to 14,453 tonnes.

The figures continue the trend at Brussels Airport in the first five months of 2019 as cargo volumes were down by 7.6 per cent to 280,613 tonnes during the period.