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A great start for Liege Airport in 2024

The first two months of 2024 confirm the robustness of Liege Airport's model, with an increase in the number of flights (+15%) and tonnage (+13%) compared with the same period in 2023.

Over the months of January and February 2024, the number of cargo aircraft movements increased by 15% compared with the same period in 2023 (4,147 movements versus 3,609 movements). Freight traffic rose by 13% (175,593 tonnes versus 155,017 tonnes), in a highly competitive market where some ten airports are in competition with Liege Airport. This trend in volumes is in line with the evolution of global demand, as revealed by an analysis from WorldACD Market Data. According to this analysis, the combined figures for January and February 2024 show an increase in tonnages of +13% this year compared with the equivalent two-month period last year.

The evolution of day/night movements of flights from 2021 to 2023 perfectly illustrates this change, with almost 52% night flights in 2021 and a clear majority of day flights in 2023 (67%). The number of night flights has been halved (-53%) between 2021 (23,558 flights) and 2023 (11,187 flights).

"This demonstrates the robustness of our model," explains Laurent Jossart, CEO Liege Airport, who adds: "Despite the significant reduction in Fedex activities in 2022 following its partial departure for Paris Charles de Gaulle, despite the loss of the Russian cargo company Airbridge Cargo, and despite difficult market conditions, Liege Airport is demonstrating its resilience. Thanks to a well-diversified portfolio of air and logistics operators, we have overcome all these difficulties, and are on the road to significant growth in the coming years."

Over 40 cargo airlines now operate regularly at Liege airport, and the main customer represents no more than 15% of total volumes handled at the airport. Five new airlines have joined us since the beginning of 2024 (Compass Cargo Airlines, My Freighter, Hong Kong Air Cargo Carrier, Turkish Cargo, Egyptair Cargo).

Challenge Airlines is also expanding its fleet with modern freighters, and extending its network with new connections to India and China.

FedEx has confirmed its ambitions at Liege Airport by basing its intercontinental European air freight hub here, and has increased its daytime flights to/from the USA with modern 777Fs.

Liege Airport is also successfully pursuing its strategy of strengthening and densifying the community of logisticians specialized in air cargo and freight forwarding, with a presence on the airport site that is growing month by month, and will exceed 50 operators by the end of 2023.

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