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Nearly 2 million passengers at Brussels Airport in March


Nearly 2 million passengers at Brussels Airport in March

In March 2019, Brussels Airport welcomed just under 2 million passengers, i.e. a 1.9% rise, up from March 2018. If it had not been for the repeated strike action by the air traffic controllers, the rise could have been even bigger. The cargo segment at Brussels Airport saw an 8.1% fall compared against March of last year, due to the strikes at skeyes and a negative market trend in European air cargo traffic.

In January, Brussels Airport welcomed 1,999,343 passengers, which is a 1.9% increase compared to January 2018. The rise in the number of passengers would likely have been even greater if it had not been for the strike action at skeyes. Because of the industrial action at skeyes, 1.3% of the total number of passenger flights in March had to be cancelled.

To a lesser degree, the decelerated growth in the number of passengers was also impacted by the bankruptcy of British regional airline fly bmi.

The number of locally boarding passengers went up by 1% compared against March 2018. The number of transfer passengers on the other hand fell by 6.9%. This fall too is explained by the industrial action at skeyes, which meant passengers had to be transferred to connecting flights at other airports.

In the long-haul flight segment, the biggest increases were recorded by Cathay Pacific, United Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and ANA. For the short-haul flights, Ryanair, Iberia, Aeroflot, SAS, TUI fly, Air Europa, Vueling and Aegean Airlines were the sharpest climbers.

In January, the cargo volume amounted to 61,514 tonnes, i.e. an 8.1% fall compared to March 2018. In part, this negative result is to be attributed to the industrial action by the air traffic controllers, which caused 8.7% of cargo flights to be cancelled. In addition, recent months have witnessed slowed down growth in the cargo segment everywhere around Europe.

All cargo segments are recording negative figures, with the exception of trucked cargo. Full cargo volumes fell by 17.2%, whereas express service volumes and belly cargo volumes (cargo carried on board passenger planes) fell by 14.6% and 2.8% in that order by comparison with March of last year. All of which has resulted in a 12% decline in total air cargo volume. In part, these falls were offset by the 4% growth in trucked cargo

Imports were stable compared against last year. Exports on the other hand fell by 16%.

Flight movements
In March 2019 the number of flight movements went down by 3.6%, chiefly due to the industrial action taken by the air traffic controllers. The number of passengers per flight rose from 124 to 129, mainly because a lot of flights were cancelled and passengers were transferred to other flights.

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CPH Traffic Statistics: The holiday season has landed at Copenhagen Airport


CPH Traffic Statistics: The holiday season has landed at Copenhagen Airport

This year, the busy Easter period falls in April, as opposed to mainly March last year. As expected, this meant that passenger figures fell by 0.4% to just under 2.4 million. But in Copenhagen Airport, the holiday season is now off to a flying start. The airlines’ summer programme features 24 new international routes.


In March, a total of 2,373,332 travellers passed through Copenhagen Airport’s terminals: a slight drop of 0.4% compared to the same month last year.


“The week before Easter is one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. This year Easter does not fall until April, as opposed to March last year. As expected, this is reflected in the March traffic statistics”, explains Thomas Woldbye, CEO of Copenhagen Airport.

Consequently, in March there was a slight decrease in both European flights and domestic traffic. However, the long-haul routes continued to make impressive progress – 8.1% in March. This meant that 333,000 passengers flew on the long-haul international routes out of Europe.

The holiday season is starting
Thomas Woldbye also adds that the holiday season has now really taken off with the numerous new routes that the airlines have just announced – both all-year-round and summer routes. There are a total of 24 new routes in the summer programme.

“The season of major public holidays is now starting, for example, Whitsunday, Easter, Ascension and General Prayer Day. This is traditionally when lots of people take short holidays, and this year there are even more holiday destinations to choose from”, says Thomas Woldbye.

The airlines are offering countless new routes, particularly to France. There will be new all-year-round routes to Nantes and Bordeaux, and summer routes to Toulouse and Marseilles on the Mediterranean.

The United Kingdom has also acquired a number of new routes, ranging from Liverpool and London’s Southend Airport to the coastal town of Newquay in Cornwall. There are also several new travel options to Eastern Europe with routes to cities like Szczecin, Varna, Kutaisi and Cracow.

Berlin is this year’s high flyer
The most popular destination in the Top 10 is still London. Despite a drop of 3.3% in March, there were still an impressive 178,372 travellers. So far this year, 502,779 passengers have flown on the routes to London.

This year’s high flyer on the list is Berlin. In the first months of this year, the total number of travellers between Copenhagen and Berlin increased by 18.4% to 145,204.

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Birmingham Airport has awarded Volvo Bus UK the contract to supply the airport with six 7900e single deck electric buses. Launching in November 2019, the ultra-low emission buses will operate as the free passenger transport service via all airport car park routes.

The decision to introduce electric buses came as a result of a review undertaken by the airport into its future vehicle provision. The Volvo 7900e will provide an 80% lower energy consumption than an equivalent sized diesel bus.

Two high level charging points will be installed outside of the terminal. Additional plug-in charging points will be located in the coach park – and in the future, these will be made available for other electric bus and or coach operators to use.

Nick Barton, CEO of Birmingham Airport said: “This partnership is a key milestone for us. We are always investigating new and innovative ways to reduce our carbon emissions and through the partnership with Volvo Bus UK, we will do just this.

“We have made significant customer service improvements across the airport to increase capacity and improve passenger experience, with the vision of positioning Birmingham as one of Europe’s leading regional airports. The electric buses form part of this vision, not to mention their sustainability benefits being ultra-low emission.

“Since 2012 the Airport has reduced its CO2 per passenger by 20%. Implementing the six electric buses will work towards lowering this even further which is just fantastic.”

Nick Page, Managing Director of Volvo Bus UK & Ireland, said: “It is very exciting that the 7900e has been chosen for Birmingham Airport in support of its ambition to provide the best possible environmentally friendly bus service for airport customers and stakeholders alike.

“Over the last 15 months the 7900e has undertaken a UK wide demonstration tour where it has shown the contribution that can now be made to improving air quality in the areas where it has been in service.  We are confident the 7900e and accompanying technologies will help Birmingham Airport to achieve its goals.”

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