Liege Airport claims that it is now Belgium’s leading cargo gateway and the eighth busiest cargo airport in Europe on the strength of the record 639,434 tonnes of freight to pass through its facilities in 2010.
An increase in the specialised transportation of animals and fresh produce are viewed as a key reason for its 32.6% upturn in cargo tonnage last year.
In facts and figures, a total of 1,237 horses, 2,758 tonnes of fish and 938 tonns of lobster passed through the Belgian gateway in 2010.
Liege also recorded a 4.3% rise in traffic movements during 2010, although it experienced a 16% decline in passenger numbers to 299,043 primarily due to Thomas Cook Belgium Airline’s decision to reduce its network and issues surrounding the traffic rights of Belle Air.
It is, however, quick to point out that prospects for passenger traffic are looking brighter in 2011 following Thomas Cook Belgium Airline's decision to commit its future to the gateway and Belle Air’s announcement that it will increase frequency to Pristina and Tel Aviv.