Air transport

Three quarters fewer passengers and half fewer flights in 2020

Three quarters fewer passengers and half fewer flights in 2020

In 2020, Belgian airports had about 9.5 million passengers and 150,000 flights.

There were only 16,536 flights in the months of April, May and June.

In 2019, there were almost 35.5 million passengers and just under 325,000 flights. In 2020, this represents a 73% drop in the number of passengers (including transit passengers) and a 53% drop in the total number of flights (departures and arrivals).


Liege airport registers a sharp increase in freight transport

The decrease in the number of flights was a little less pronounced because freight transport (including postal services) increased by 12% in 2020. This is mainly due to Liege airport which served as a hub for (relief) supplies. 1,105,650 tons of goods were transported via Liege: this represents a 24% increase compared to 2019.

Number of flights - arrivals and departures 2019 2020
Arrivals Departures Arrivals Departures
Number of flights (1) 162,642 162,010 76,108 75,746
Zaventem (Brussels Airport) 111,237 111,065 42,981 42,755
Ostende (Ostend-Bruges) 4,529 4,549 2,712 2,655
Charleroi (Brussels South) 24,753 24,778 10,209 10,186
Antwerp-Deurne 6,995 6,697 3,880 4,029
Liège-Bierset 15,128 14,921 16,326 16,121
(1) commercial aircraft - take-off and landing 

Purpose and brief description

The aeronautical statistics provide information on the number of passengers carried, the number of flights and the goods transported (in tonnes) on commercial flights.


All aircrafts that land in Belgium



Timing of publication

Results available 6 months after the reference period