Around 75,000 passengers are expected on Friday at Brussels Airport, marking the start of the break which is already anticipated to cause massive delays to those driving out of Belgium. “The start of the spring break will see many families flocking to Brussels Airport to fly towards European destinations, but also further, to the United States or Africa,” Brussels Airport said in a statement.
Of those expected, 40,000 are departing passengers, 3,000 more than the same time 2018.
This year, for Brussels Airlines, the most popular destinations are Geneva, Berlin, Tenerife, Barcelona, Prague, Nice, and Palma de Mallorca for short-haul and New York, Tel Aviv, Dakar, Washington and Toronto for long-haul, said the release. Spain still remains the favourite spring break destination for Belgians, since one TUI fly passenger out of two leaving by plane will go to Spain.
As the first day of the holidays coincides with the World Compliment Day, on this Friday, Brussels Airport will be giving away waffles and little stickers full of compliments to share, the release adds. It will also re-open the ‘Family Lane’, to facilitate the flow of families with children through screening.
In total, 648,000 passengers will pass through Brussels Airport during the 10 days of holidays.