A good year for Ostend-Bruges Airport

Those in charge of running Ostend-Bruges Airport in West Flanders say that the airport enjoyed a successful 2018. At 420,000 the number of passengers that used the airport last year was as almost high as 2 years earlier, when planes were diverted there for several weeks due to the closure of Zaventem Airport, near Brussels after the terrorist attack on 22 March 2016.  

The airport’s spokeswoman Vanessa Flamez told journalists that “This is 15% better than the 2017 figure of 365,000 passengers and almost as good as in 2016”  

"The good figures can be mainly explained by Tui-Fly’s fuller flights and the one hand and two new destinations Sharm-El-Sheik and Hurghada, on the other. Flights to Djerba and Enfidha in Tunisia have also re-started. We expect that the number of passengers will continue to rise".       

Airfreight tonnage was also up last year with 28,000 tonnes or airfreight passing through the airport.

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