Brussels Airport will set a new annual passenger record: more than 24 million passengers will have travelled through the biggest Belgian airport. To celebrate this milestone, Brussels Airport CEO Arnaud Feist welcomed the passengers with chocolates and music this morning.
In recent months, a significant growth in leisure flights was noted: destinations such as Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia have gained in popularity again.
This growth comes predominantly from Brussels Airlines short- and long-haul flights (Brussels Airlines’ market share at its hub has risen to 38.4% in November) and from Ryanair. Long-haul traffic to and from Brussels Airport has also shown a positive development since 2015, with the addition of Brussels Airlines flights to Toronto and Mumbai, the return of Delta Air Lines from Atlanta and ANA to Tokyo. Qeshm Air launched a weekly flight to Tehran at the end of June, and Rwandair launched a flight from Kigali three times a week in July. As of this winter season, the intercontinental network was further expanded with three Hainan flights a week to Shanghai and a twice-daily Emirates flight to Dubai.