Brussels Airport airfreight climbs 30%

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Pharma transport at Brussels Airport. Photo: Brussels Airport

Brussels Airport’s 2021 flown airfreight volumes rose 30.6% compared to 2020 to 668,000 tonnes, and 33% more than in 2019, the best result since 2007.

The total cargo volume – when trucked volumes are included – rose to 843,000 tonnes, an increase of 30.4% compared to 2020. 

Growth was achieved in all segments: full freighter, integrator, belly cargo and trucked cargo. The full freighter segment saw particularly strong growth, 43% compared to 2020, and a growth of 104% compared to pre-Covid times (2019).

The airport has also been a key European hub for vaccine transport, with more than 800m Covid-19 vaccines handled since November 2020.

Arnaud Feist, chief executive of Brussels Airport, said that “our cargo division has seen an unprecedented growth, with an increase in volume of 30% compared to 2020. The demand for air cargo was exceptionally high, and thanks to our investments, digitisation and our strong cargo community, Brussels Airport was able to handle this growth with ease”.

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