Liege Airport had a record year for cargo in 2011, handling nearly 674,500 tonnes of goods over the year – up 5.47% on 2010.
Not only did the gateway report a new record for the transport of goods but it also registered a growth in passenger numbers over the year.
During December last year Liege Airport handled 55,807.95 tonnes of cargo compared with 52,311.20 tonnes in December 2010, which equated to a growth of 6.68%.
For 2011 as a whole, a total of 674,469.82 tonnes came through Liege Airport, compared with 639,434.07 tonnes in 2010, which represented a growth of 5.47% over the course of the year.
Meanwhile, the number of passengers at the gateway increased by 3.4% with 309,206 passengers over the year compared with 299,043 passengers in 2010.
The number of aircraft movements also saw a significant growth of 12.14% with 54,403 movements in 2011 compared with the 48,515 movements a year earlier.
Liege Airport is Belgium’s largest cargo airport and the 7th largest cargo airport in Europe.
Luc Partoune, general director at Liege Airport, said: “While international air transport of goods decreased by 4% on average in the six months that followed the financial crisis, our airport continues to develop, with 5% growth in traffic for the year.
“The operators present on site are expanding their business activities. This is undeniably a strong performance in a gloomy economic context. And as regards passengers, the strategic collaboration with tourist operators is beginning to yield results.”
In 2012, more than €11 million of investments have been planned to improve the range of cargo services available at the gateway, and Partoune said commercial prospects were good.