In 10 years' time, connectivity at Brussels Airport has taken a giant leap forward
Brussels Airport is becoming increasingly important as international hub. In the « Connectivity Report 2017 » which was published earlier this week by ACI Europe, the association of European airports, Brussels Airport is indeed one of only two airports in the European Union (together with Lisbon) to have made it to the Top 20 of fastest growing hubs in the world between 2007 and 2017. This ranking is dominated by Middle Eastern and Asian hubs that made spectacular progress in the last ten years. But Brussels Airport too did extremely well with a remarkable 141% growth.
Due to this growth, which is largely explained by the importance of Brussels Airport as hub to a large number of destinations in Europe and Africa, Brussels Airport has jumped from the 18th place to the 13th in the Top 20 of European hubs. Its future as a hub looks equally bright in that the integration of Brussels Airlines by Lufthansa makes Brussels Airport one of the major hubs of the German group. Moreover, the capital of Belgium and Europe remains a very important hub for the Star Alliance, the largest airline alliance in the world.
As to the number of nonstop connections, the ACI Europe report shows that Brussels Airport is progressing here as well. Between 2007 and 2017, direct connectivity of Brussels Airport grew by 10.5%. This means that the overall connectivity of Brussels Airport, both direct and indirect, has grown substantially.
Improving the connectivity of Brussels Airport is essential for the whole of Belgium as each additional route operated from Brussels is synonym to new economic and cultural exchanges, with the creation of hundreds of direct and indirect jobs as a bonus. In the information society we live in today, we talk a lot about the importance of a good digital connectivity. But as Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI Europe reminds us, real connectivity with the world is equally important. “Airports are there to physically connect communities, regions and economies with the rest of the world”, Mr Jankovec stresses.
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