This year’s Easter holiday period has officially begun and, during the 2 weeks from Friday 1 April to Sunday 17 April, Brussels Airport is expecting more than 900,000 travellers. That is a recovery of almost 70% of the number of passengers in the same period before the Covid crisis (1,3 million passengers in 2019). Last year there was still a ban on non-essential travel during the Easter holidays and there were only 138,000 passengers.
This year, Easter Monday comes after the two weeks of Easter holidays, on 18 April, and that will also be a busy travel day with an additional 57,000 departing and arriving passengers. The airlines again record many last-minute bookings for this holiday period. Friday 1 April will be the busiest departure day with about 33,500 departing passengers (and 24,000 arriving passengers).
1. Holiday destinations
During the Easter holidays, travellers can choose from 140 destinations. Top destinations in Europe are sunny city-break destinations such as Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon, along with Rome, Frankfurt and Vienna. Further away from home New York, Dubai and Washington are the most frequented intercontinental destinations.
The Easter holidays also mark the start of summer sun flights to popular destinations such as the Canary Islands, Spain, Portugal, Cape Verde, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Italy, Greece and Turkey.
2. Easter atmosphere
During this holiday period, passengers are welcomed in a cheerful spring and Easter atmosphere: in the departure hall a giant flower bouquet brings spring into the terminal, and our Easter bunnies can be spotted every day handing out Easter eggs to young and old.
Just past security, a spring garden has been laid out, an ideal spot for an airport selfie. In Terminal A (past the Duty Free) and Terminal B (Gallery of Light) you can also find a spring garden where you can relax or take photos. The airport’s partners are also contributing to the spring atmosphere with flower decorations.