A new record has been broken at Brussels South Charleroi Airport. 715,629 travellers passed through Brussels-Charleroi during the sixth month of the year, so an increase of 5% compared to June 2017. Last year, 682,755 people chose to travel via BSCA.
With the number of commercial movements staying relatively stable, the rise in passenger traffic has, for its part, remained constant throughout the first half of the year. The occupancy rate, in fact, continues to increase, reaching 90% in June, so 3% more than for the same period in 2017.
Passengers looking for some sunshine flocked to Mediterranean destinations in June 2018. Spain kept the top spot in the list of most popular destinations from/to Brussels-Charleroi, followed by Italy, France and Morocco. Lastly, Poland has held on to fifth place, confirming the growing appeal of, and interest, in Central and Eastern European countries.
June 2018 was also a turning point in the history of Brussels South Charleroi Airport. The airport has started a new chapter, with the arrival of Air Belgium on its tarmac. Since 3 June 2018, the Belgian airline has been offering a regular line to Hong Kong. For its part, Air Corsica has launched its direct flight to Calvi for summer 2018. The growth doesn’t stop there, as two new routes have now been announced for the winter. The capital of Moldova, Chișinău, will be connected to Brussels-Charleroi, with two flights a week via the Hungarian airline, Wizz Air. Ryanair will be opening a line to Palermo at the end of October, with four flights/week to the capital of Sicily.
The first half of the year is ending on a positive note for Brussels South Charleroi Airport. 3,831,965 travellers crossed the tarmac at Brussels-Charleroi, so an increase of 7% compared to the first six months of 2017 (3,596,513 passengers were recorded).
Jean-Jacques CLOQUET, Chief Executive Officer of Brussels South Charleroi Airport, explains: “The market is evolving, demand is evolving and we are following suit: we are evolving! It is essential that we adapt to change. We are pursuing our diversification policy by continuing to respond to the demands of our passengers, as well as those of the airlines. The results of the first half of the year confirm that: our work is paying off, and the benefits that we offer are consolidating our position as a regional airport with international scope.”
Charleroi, 16 June 2018