Ostend-Bruges airport sees passenger and freight numbers increase in second quarter
Ostend-Bruges Airport sees passenger numbers increase in the second quarter of 2021. Freight figures also increase by 13.6% compared to the first three months of 2021.
“Our airport is experiencing a good recovery in the number of passengers. 28,000 passengers pass through our airport. This summer, we expect these numbers to increase further. People clearly found their way to our airport. We are very happy with it», Says CEO Eric Dumas.
At the beginning of April, the first flights to 5 Spanish destinations took off from Ostend airport. In May, flights to Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca were also rescheduled, again allowing flights to 7 Spanish destinations. “Until April 18, only essential travel was allowed. After the travel ban was lifted, we saw a cautious recovery in passenger numbers. At that time, much of Spain was still red,», Says CEO Eric Dumas.
Good occupancy rate
From May, more and more countries turned green and orange on the map of Europe again. “In May and June, we see a very good occupancy rate on flights departing from our airport. Passengers clearly found their way to our airport and the urge to travel. We are very happy.“
A total of 27,861 passengers passed through Ostend airport in the second quarter. “These figures cannot be compared with 2019. Many destinations were not yet served in the second quarter.“
13 destinations this summer
The airport expects another recovery this summer. “TThe number of destinations has increased from 7 to 13. Since the beginning of July, you can fly again from Ostend to Greek destinations (Corfu, Kos, Heraklion, Chania and Rhodes) and Murcia and Eskisehir have also been added to the flight schedule. . around 60,000 happy passengers this summer.“
The good cargo results of the first quarter also continued. In April, May and June, our airport handled 13.6% more freight compared to the first three months of the year. “EgyptAir and Qatar Airways have operated numerous flights to and from our airport. Since May, our airport has also been part of the Qatar Airways route network. In addition, several humanitarian flights with relief supplies to India have taken place.. “
A total of 12,335 tonnes of cargo were handled at our airport. This is a decrease of 30% from the exceptionally strong second quarter of 2020. At that time, freight demand was very high and several airlines came to our airport temporarily. Compared to 2019, we still see an increase of 127%. This means that Ostend airport will also register good growth in 2021.