Brussels cargo rise in May

12 / 06 / 2017

European cargo hub Brussels airport saw May 2017 freight volumes of 40,836 tons, up by 8.1%, in comparison with same month in 2015.

The comparison with May last year, when aircraft operations were still affected by the March 2016 terrorist attack on the passenger terminal, shows 2017 freight volumes up by 8.5%

A spokesperson for the Belgian airport said that the May 2017 full-cargo segment has “risen sharply” by 17.2% and express services by 16.6% against the same month in 2015.

“The growth rates confirm the potential and stable growth within these segments.”

The spokesperson added: “Belly cargo in May 2017 decreased by 11.4% against May 2015. This was due to the departure of Jet Airways in March 2016 and the subsequent decrease in the number of long-haul flights.”

Elsewhere in Europe, the UK’s Manchester Airport reported a May 2017 “boost” at 10,541 tonnes handled - an increase of 13% on May 2016.

Said a spokesman for the Northern UK hub: “It equates to a 12% year on year increase with the annual rolling tonnage now at 117,727 tonnes.