Brussels Airport reported a drop in air cargo for March of 14.6 percent when compared to the same month last year.
The drop in demand for air cargo is seen as the consequence of many companies in Belgium and Europe ceasing their operations due to the covid-19 pandemic. But there is also a considerable decline in capacity, largely due to a reduction in bellyhold capacity caused by the cancellation of long-haul flights.
In March, bellyhold cargo decreased by 26.7 percent. The full-cargo segment declined by 2.1 percent and the integrator services remained stable with a slight increase of 0.1 percent.
In a statement Brussels Airport said: “There was also a considerable discrepancy between cargo flights at the beginning of the month, when the impact was still rather limited, and the end of the month. The coming weeks and months promise to fluctuate considerably.
“With the reduction in bellyhold capacity, there is an increased demand for full-cargo capacity, but that cannot always be met. There are also routes that have been changed, but new airlines have also started operations at Brussels Airport: we were recently able to welcome Silk Airways, Amerijet and Suparna.”