Thanks to strategic investment in cargo traffic, Brussels airport saw a 9.7 percent increase in Q1 2015 year-over-year compared to 2014. This year, more than 120,000 tonnes were handled at Brussels compared to about 109,500 tonnes in 2014. For the month of March, the airport was up 8.2 percent over March 2014, with nearly 43,800 tonnes of throughput compared to roughly 40,500 tonnes in 2014.
Growth was spread across all segments — full freighter, cargo carried in bellies of passenger aircraft, and express cargo.
Cargo flights were up 9.6 percent in Q1 2015 with 3,116 frequencies, compared to 2,842 in 2014. Just for March, the flights were up a healthy 12.3 percent from 986 frequencies in 2014 to 1,107 in 2015.
Brussels is set up to handle complex logistical processes, including transporting time-sensitive products and pharmaceuticals. This allows it to strengthen Belgium’s role as a logistic hub.