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Brussels Airport Experiences Sharp Drop in Passenger Traffic in March and April

Brussels Airports handled 1.2 million and 1.1 million passengers in March and April respectively, figures sharply down on the same months in 2015 as a result of the disruption that followed the bomb blasts at the Belgian capital’s main gateway.

Passenger numbers were 29% lower in March and almost 47% lower in April as a result of the temporary suspension of operations at Brussels airport following the fatal attacks on 22 March.

In keeping with recent growth, passenger traffic had been running 7% higher over the course of the month’s first three weeks. But flights were suspended from 22 March until 3rd April and initially only around a fifth of capacity was restored.

Freight traffic was down more than a fifth in March and 5% in April compared with the same months in 2015.