The very good start of the year with strong growth in cargo volumes continued and even accelerated through April, largely due to the high demand for air cargo across Europe. Contrary to the passenger figures, cargo volumes are compared to the 2020 figures as the COVID pandemic has had only a limited impact on cargo volumes in 2020.
The growth of air freight compared to 2020 is remarkable in all segments, in the integrator segment (+ 55), the full-freighter segment (+59%) and even in belly cargo, which rebounded from very low volumes in April 2020 (+492%).
In the full-freighter segment, Brussels Airport records general growth in the activities of all existing clients. Four new cargo carriers have come to strengthen the logistics platform at Brussels Airport by opening new routes to Asia: Azul, Japan Airlines, SpiceJet and China Central Longhao Airlines. The activity in the integrator segment structurally remains at a higher level than in previous years thanks to the strong increase in online purchases.
Import and export volumes have increased, especially inbound volumes coming from Asia and North America.
Covid-19 vaccine shipments to and from Brussels Airport continue, with several tens of
millions of vaccines handled at Brussels Airport to this day, making Brussels Airport an
important hub in the global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.