Brussels ranked 26th European Airport with Charleroi 63rd

Friday, 17 February 2017 14:35
The attacks in Brussels caused a drop in passenger numbers at Brussels Airport last year. The attacks in Brussels caused a drop in passenger numbers at Brussels Airport last year. © Belga
Brussels Airport in Zaventem is ranked in 26th position, ranking all European airports in terms of annual passenger numbers.

It received more than 21.7 million passengers in 2016, per figures published on Friday by ACI Europe, an association representing 500 airports in 45 European countries.

Passenger numbers at Brussels Airport, which have decreased by 7% over the year, suffered as a result of the attacks perpetrated on March 22nd, 2016.

Compared to 2014, passenger numbers at the top Belgium airport have slightly decreased by 0.5%. Brussels Airport is below Lisbon Airport and above Berlin-Tegel Airport. Last year, Brussels Airport held 21st place in the rankings.

Brussels South Charleroi Airport is in 63rd position, with nearly 7.3 million passengers in 2016. The growth in passenger numbers on the tarmac of the leading Walloon airport was 5% compared to 2015, and 13.5% compared to 2014. Last year, Brussels South Charleroi Airport scooped 61st place.

The rankings established by ACI Europe also mention Ostend-Bruges International Airport (in 179th place with 419,551 passengers) and Liège Airport (184th place having 378,362 passengers).

The European airport with the highest number of passengers is London's Heathrow Airport, with more than 75.7 million passengers in 2016. This is ahead of Charles de Gaulle in Paris having 65.9 million, and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol which saw 63.6 million passengers.

Oscar Schneider
The Brussels Times
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