Record passenger volume at Brussels South Charleroi Airport last year
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Record passenger volume at Brussels South Charleroi Airport last year

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The waves of cancellations from and to Ryanair's European destinations, towards the end of last year, affected the overall passenger volume at the airport during 2017.
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In 2017, 7,698,767 passengers walked upon the tarmac at Brussels South Charleroi Airport (“BSCA”) last year. The Sudpresse publications stated this on Thursday. The volume is an increase of nearly 6%, compared to 2016. Jean-Jacques Cloquet, the CEO of BSCA stated to the media, “When we originally set our budget, we were targeting 7.3 million passengers.” He is delighted with the “excellent results”.

Sudpresse observes that there may have been an even more marked increase had it not been for the waves of cancellations seen across Europe, by the airline Ryanair. These “cost” BSCA several tens of thousands of passengers.

However, the Irish airline saw an increase of 11% in the number of passengers departing or arriving at Charleroi airport in 2017, compared to the previous year. Wizz Air (a Hungarian low-cost airline) transported 16% more passengers than in 2016. TUI fly (a German leisure airline) recorded an increase of 22% on 2016, and Pegasus (the Turkish budget airline) 42%, when compared with 2016. Even the two most recent arrivals at Charleroi, Air Corsica and Belavia did better than predicted: there was an increase of 9% for the Corsican airline, and 16% for the Belarusian airline.

Christopher Vincent 
The Brussels Times