After a record year that saw 7,698,767 passengers cross the tarmac at BSCA (so a 6% rise compared with 2016), January 2018 is also ending on a positive note. 531,897 passengers were recorded, boosting this years’ results by 7% compared with January 2017. In fact, in January 2017, Brussels South Charleroi welcomed 497,267 passengers. Load factors at Charleroi have also been excellent, hitting 83% in January 2018, so a 4% increase compared with 2017.
The trend when it comes to destinations for the first month of the year follows the same lines as 2017. Southern Europe, as well as the Mediterranean, hold their position as the favourite geographical areas from/to Brussels South Charleroi Airport. In January 2018, Italy came out on top, followed by Spain, Morocco and France. Lastly, Eastern Europe was not forgotten, with Romania taking fifth place in the list of most popular countries with travellers.
While 2018 looks to be full of challenges, there is lots of exciting news for Brussels South Charleroi Airport. The airlines present on the tarmac at BSCA have confirmed their desire to expand their activities.
The Belarussian airline, Belavia, will be adding a fourth weekly turnaround between Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Minsk on Wednesdays, starting on 16 May 2018.
For its part, Pegasus Airlines will be relaunching a direct flight to Ankara on 21 June 2018.
TUI fly has started flying to Tunisia again, once again adding Djerba and Enfidha to the range of destinations available from Brussels South Charleroi Airport.
Last but not least, the other airlines operating at BSCA also have some news for 2018;
To round up the news, 2018 will mark a new chapter in the history of Brussels South Charleroi Airport with the arrival of Belgian airline Air Belgium. For the first time, long-haul flights to Hong Kong and China will be available to travellers from BSCA, starting this spring.
As the holidays approach, the airport is preparing to welcome large numbers of passengers for the vacation season. No fewer than 20,000 passengers will be passing through Brussels South Charleroi Airport every day from Friday 9 February 2018. Nearly 120 flights/day will be handled, with an average estimated occupancy rate of 91%.
For the holidays, we recommend arriving at the airport between two and three hours before departure. Brussels South Charleroi Airport offers passengers a range of services to make departures more enjoyable. On 29 January, a new car park was opened, offering the lowest prices in the region. Information about the P4 Foot & Fly car park, as well as the other car parks and services offered by the airport, can be found on the airport’s website – http://www.charleroi-airport.com.
Jean-Jacques CLOQUET, CEO of Brussels South Charleroi Airport, explains: “2018 has only just begun, but we are already rolling up our sleeves to make sure we continue to provide a quality service for our passengers. After a record year, we are finishing this month with a rise in traveller numbers.
So there’s plenty to celebrate for all members of the company, without whom our airport would not function in the remarkable way that makes our success possible, day in, day out. New challenges await us, and we are already looking forward to welcoming even more passengers, with new services and new destinations.”
Charleroi, 7 February 2018