Brussels South Charleroi Airport handled a recorded 5.19 million passengers in 2010 – a year-on-year rise of 32%.
The Belgian airport attributes the rise to a host of new services launched in 2010 by Ryanair, Jetairfly and Wizz Air to destinations ranging from Algiers and Rhodes to Perugia.
Airport CEO, Jean-Jacques Cloquet, enthuses: “Last year was characterised by many new destinations – 22 new routes were launched and five new destinations have already been announced for 2011.
“For 2011 we expect a controlled growth in passenger numbers so we can continue to guarantee maximum comfort.
“We have started the first phase of construction works to extend the terminal, so from the summer of 2011 onwards, four additional gates will be operational.
“This will allow the airport better control of its growth and a solid basis for a more sustainable and responsible development of the airport in the future.”