Brussels Airport reported a strong growth in passenger numbers served by the facility in October 2017. The hub starts the fourth quarter with 2,230,714 passengers or an increase of 8.5% on October 2016 figures. There was growth both in the number of originating passengers by 8.6% and that of transfer passengers with 8.5% compared to last year.  

The stable increase is due to the expansion of both short-haul and long-haul flights operated by Brussels Airlines and the significant growth in long-haul flights at Brussels Airport. There was a decline in the low cost segment since LCCs Vueling and easyJet operated less flights this October compared to the same month last year. 

There was a decline in cargo transport by 3.4% compared to October 2016 as a result of the departure of some freighter airlines due to the noise fines imposed by the Brussels Capital Region. 

The overall number of flight movements in October grew by 2.4% compared to alst year, with passenger flights recording an increase of 1.8%. There was a boost in the occupancy rate of the aircraft by 6.9%. This year in October there were an average of 123 passengers per flight compared to the 115 last year.