11. 9% more Brussels Airlines passengers in January

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — Brussels Airlines gets off the year to an excellent start with a passenger growth of 11.9% in January. Compared to January 2013, the seat load factor also rose by 2 percentage points.

The intra-European flight offer in January 2014 attracted more than 11.4 percent more passengers compared with the same month last year. 6.6% more passengers were welcomed on board Brussels Airlines flights to Africa. The capacity growth (a result of the launch of a new transatlantic service to Washington last June) resulted in a growth of 62.4% on the transatlantic network. The total network attracted more than 43,000 additional passengers.

The strong start in 2014 also resulted in an increase in seat load factor and freight (30.7% more Freight-ton kilometers).

In addition to this scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines operated many holiday flights for tour operators. Passenger figures for this charter activity are not included in the monthly figures of this press release.

  January 2014 January 2013 Month/month difference in
Passengers  410,938 367,089 + 11.9 
Available seat-kilometres (in millions) 1,133.51 1,043.40 + 8.6  
Revenue seat-kilometres (in millions)  722.94 644.23 + 12.2 
Freight ton-kilometres (x1,000) 15,574 11,912 + 30.7
Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight) 56.4% 54.6% + 1.8 pct points
Passenger Load Factor PLF 63.8% 61.8% +2.0 pct points