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    More than a million planes in Belgian skies in 2018

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    Belgium’s national air-traffic control company, Skeyes, guided 1,101,145 airplanes in Belgian airspace and at the country’s airports in 2018, a 2.4-percent increase on the preceding year, the company said in its latest annual report, published on Monday. The year 2018 also set new records: movements managed by the CANAC air control centre totalled over 600,000, there were more than 34 million passengers, and the country’s airports registered over 1.6 million tonnes of freight.

    Skeyes – formerly Belgocontrol – is tasked with guaranteeing the safety of air traffic, its fluidity despite the sector’s increasing growth, and efficient use of the capacity of Belgium’s airports.

    In its annual report, the air traffic control company reflects the “important” growth at Wallonia’s airports: 5.8% in Liège and 4.9% in Charleroi. In Flanders the increases were 1.6% in Antwerp and 1.1% in Ostend.

    On the other hand, air traffic slowed by 1% in Brussels, “which is due to larger planes and a better plane occupancy rate,” according to Skeyes.

    Maria Novak
    The Brussels Times