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PRESS RELEASE: record year for Antwerp Airport


Record year for Antwerp Airport with 276.311 passengers in 2016

Tuesday, January 3th 2017 – Antwerp International Airport achieved an all-time record in terms of passenger numbers and welcomed 276.311 passengers in 2016, an increase of 24,9% compared to 2015. In the meantime, the number of movements decreased by 8,6% compared to 2015.

Record year

In 2016, the airport counted 276.311 passengers, an increase of 24,9% compared to 2015. The previous record in passenger numbers dated from 2001, when 273.208 passenger were recorded.

Several factors have had a significant impact on these results. First of all, the 440 extra movements and 20.000 additional passengers during the months of March and April have had a big impact on passenger numbers. The bankruptcy of VLM Airlines in June 2016 is also noticeable in the results.
Since June 2016, we notice a small decrease of passengers numbers compared to 2015.

The two most important airline companies TUI and CityJet have been building a loyal customer base until now, which registers better results in 2016. 

An important trend is the decrease of the number of flight movements. This decline has several explanations: the bankruptcy of VLM Airlines, less training flights and the higher occupancy of TUI aircraft. The decrease of the number of flight movements is also due to fewer charter flights with Fokker50 planes of VLM.

Loyal customers

Research in 2016 (800 respondents) shows that 71,7% of the customers are very satisfied about the airport and that 71,6% will spontaneously recommend the airport to friends and family.
The main criteria why passengers choose for Antwerp Airport are: proximity (54,2%), small-scaled, short check-in times and accessibility. This also explains why 75,8% of the travellers are coming from the province of Antwerp.

Renovations terminal

Airside renovations will be completed in March 2017, where passengers will be able to enjoy several catering and shopping facilities after the security check. At the same time, there will be created a new VIP lounge, where VIP customers and business travellers can enjoy a drink and additional work facilities.

Passengers: from 221.155 (2015) to 276.311 (2016): +24,9%
Movements: from 45.301 (2015) to 41.403 (2016): -8,6% 

Top month 2016 
April (33.576 passengers)

Top destination 2016     
Alicante (TUI)

Number of employed people in 2016  

About Antwerp Airport

Antwerp International Airport is part of the French corporation Egis and consists of a new structure LOM-LEM. This new structure has created a partnership between the government which will take up a number of responsibilities concerning the basic infrastructure of the airport (the ‘airport development company’ or LOM) and the private corporation Egis which will mainly be responsible for the exploitation of the airport (the ‘airport exploitation company’ or LEM).

Two airline companies offer flights to 9 European destinations. The Antwerp Airport also give you the opportunity to fly private jets, charter flights and training flights. This airport has several advantages: small-scaled, short check-in times, an affordable parking and a short walking distance from check-in to gate.

In 2016, Antwerp Airport registered 276.311 passengers, an increase of 24,9% compared to 2015. The number of movements decreased by 8,6% to 41.403.

2017-01-12 13:55:28

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