In January, cargo volumes at Brussels Airport grew by 4% compared to January 2021 and even by 10% compared to January 2019.

The month was particularly busy due to high demand for air freight. This phenomenon was partly due to the disruption of global cargo supply chains.

Compared to January 2021, growth in freight transport continued mainly in the full cargo segment (+24%), but also in belly cargo (+51%), due to the severe travel restrictions and the resulting decline in passenger flights a year ago.

Integrator services, on the other hand, experienced a 25% decline, after the continued strong growth of recent months.

The same goes for trucked air freight, which saw volumes drop by 8% compared to January 2021.

In terms of volumes, Asia remains the most important region, followed by America.

The transport of vaccines to and from Brussels Airport continued.

In total, since the start of vaccine shipments in November 2020, 900 million vaccines have been transported, confirming more than ever the role of Brussels Airport as the main European pharmaceutical hub.

This last January, full cargo flights increased very slightly by 0.9% compared to 2021.

The share of cargo flights carried out by passenger aircraft is declining but remains an important additional connectivity option for destinations such as Brazil, China and Japan.


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