Brussels Airport leaves the Top 20 of European airport rankings after attacks
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    Brussels Airport leaves the Top 20 of European airport rankings after attacks

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    Brussels Airport takes a nosedive in passenger footfall.
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    Owing to the decrease in the number of passengers following the March 22nd attacks, Brussels Airport has left the Top 20 of the largest European airports. This emerges from figures produced by the airport association, the Europe International Airports Council, and Eurostat.

    Between January and August of this year, Brussels Airport accommodated a little more than 14 millions passengers, or 10.7% less than during the same period in 2015.

    Owing to this decrease in footfall, the national airport has gone down to 22nd place in the rankings of the largest European airports.

    These do not include the Russian and Turkish airports, but do comprise Oslo and Zurich.

    It had, however, been in 16th place at the end of summer 2015.

    The airport which is flying ahead, in terms of passenger footfall, is London-Heathrow.

    Heathrow is then followed, in hot pursuit, by Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt.

    These three airports respectively accommodated 75, 66 and 61 million passengers in 2015, whilst Brussels Airport had only 23 million.

    Last year, a record number of people (918.3 million) took the aeroplane in Europe, or nearly 5% more than in 2014.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times