The number of transfer passengers rose by 4.6% in the past year, despite the temporary closure of the airport after 22 March. The share of transfer passengers in the total number of passengers rose from 17 to 19%. These growth figures can be attributed to the strong increase in transfer passengers flying with Brussels Airlines. Both figures demonstrate the growing importance of Brussels Airport as Star Alliance hub in Europe.
As in November, Brussels Airport recorded a strong growth of 8.3% in passenger numbers in December, compared with the same month last year. The remarkably strong growth of 11.7% in the number of originating departing passengers last month shows a gradual regaining of confidence. The strongest growth was recorded by Brussels Airlines, Ryanair and European scheduled flights.
In December the number of passenger flights grew by 1.4% on the same month in 2015. Taking account of the passenger growth of 8.3%, in the past month each flight had an average of 110 passengers on board, compared to 104 passengers in December 2015.
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