Brussels Airport welcomed 525,000 passengers in July, the first month of the summer holidays. Since the resumption of non-essential travel on 15 June, the number of passengers at Brussels Airport has increased, although that number is still 80% lower than in July 2019, the airport reports Friday.
The airport had 303,222 departing passengers and 221,800 arriving passengers in July, a difference that according to Brussels Airport can be explained by the fact that the holidaymakers waited until the start of the holiday season to take the plane.
The passengers mainly chose European destinations because of the travel restrictions and the travel ban to non-European destinations. “The number of passengers could therefore have been higher if all Mediterranean countries were accessible to holidaymakers,” emphasizes Brussels Airport. Destinations such as Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey, which are usually popular for the summer holidays, are now mainly chosen by passengers who want to see their family (mandatory possession of a passport of the country in question).
According to the airport, the sometimes daily changes related to the closure of borders and the color codes have a negative effect on the number of passengers, who want clarity. “We have seen a stagnation from the third week of the month, although the month of July started very well.”
The total number of flight movements decreased in July by 63.7% compared to July 2019, to 8,201 flight movements. The number of passenger flights fell by 74.1% as a result of the corona crisis, while the number of cargo flights increased by 42.7%.
At the beginning of August, Brussels Airport will be offering 120 destinations via some 40 airlines.