Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA) welcomed Jonathan Brisy, Ryanair’s Sales & Marketing Manager Belgium and France, to kick off the summer season by inaugurating the first flight to Clermont-Ferrand. Ryanair adds 7 new routes this summer (Zakynthos, Paphos, Rijeka, Rabat, Essaouira, Targu Mures and Clermont-Ferrand) offering a total of 80 destinations from its first continental base.
The airport sees its summer route network expand with a total of 10 new routes since Wizzair adds Cluj as of May 11th and Jetairfly inaugurated a route to Malaga last weekend* and will start flights to Bejaïa as of June 19th.
During Q1 Brussels South Charleroi Airport saw its passenger numbers increase from 1.227.523 in 2012 to 1.236.361 in 2103 representing an increase of 1%. During the month of March BSCA was confronted with disruptions for several days, due to an accident involving a private aircraft and extreme weather conditions, causing a decrease in passenger numbers of 4 percent.
The new summer routes will contribute to realize the airports, rather conservative, forecast of flat growth in 2013, which is based on the economic crisis and more importantly the airport’s current infrastructure limitations. The expansion of the terminal is expected to be finalized by end 2016.