In 2018, Antwerp Flanders International Airport registered 298,403 passengers, representing an increase of 9.3% comparing to 2017. The number of flight movements increased by 5.3% to 39,495 in 2018. In terms of cargo, the cargo tonnage registered an increase of 11.5% in 2018, which is equal to 2,454 tonnes.
*Due to the impact of the attacks on 22 March 2016 at Brussels Airport there was a peak for the months of March and April with 20.000 additional passengers. Several airlines, including TUI, operated in that period quite a few flights departing from Antwerp Airport as an alternative to Brussels Airport.
Comparison between October 2019 and October 2018
32,033 in October 2019 compared to 21,835 in October 2018 (+46,7%)
3,479 in October 2019 compared to 2,744 in October 2018 (+26,8%)
267 ton in October 2019 compared to 196 ton in October 2018 (+36,2%)
In order to avoid confusion in the interpretation of the statistics, it is useful to know that these specify the number of aircraft movements at the airport, not the number of flights operated. So a flight always consists of two movements (one takeoff and one landing). This is important, especially for training flights which regularly execute “touch-and-go” maneuvers. A touch-and-go is a specific training maneuver for which an aircraft flies on, shortly touches the runway with the wheels and then takes off again. Each touch-and-go maneuver consists of two moves and each individual touch-and-go is considered in the context of the airport’s environmental permit as one flight.