1.5% more Brussels Airlines passengers in November

During the month of November Brussels Airlines welcomed 6,057 more passengers compared to the same month last year. This passenger growth was registered on Brussels Airlines’ European flights as well as their US flights.

During the first month of the aviation winter season 420,992 passengers flew Brussels Airlines. That’s an increase of 1.5 percent compared to the same period last year.

This growth would have been higher without the unexpected strike actions of 18 and 19 November. The actions had a great impact on the airline’s flight operations, resulting in a slight decrease of the average seat load factor.

Since the beginning of November Brussels Airlines has switched to its winter timetable. Some typical summer holiday destinations have disappeared from the schedule and will return to the network in spring 2014. Other destinations have different frequencies, adapted to the winter demand. A new destination was also launched: Alicante.

The freight activity of Brussels Airlines increased by more than 16%.

The passengers of the charter flights Brussels Airlines operates on behalf of tour operators, are not included in the overall passenger statistics.


  November 2013 November 2012 month/month difference in percent
Passengers 420,992 414,935 + 1.5
Available seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts.) 1079.65 1036.49 + 4.2
Revenue seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts.) 672.95 665.06 + 1.2
Freight ton-kilometres (no dec. pts.) 14,432 12,420 + 16.2
Overall Loadfactor (Passagiers & Vracht) 55.5% 57.1% - 1.6 pct point
Passenger Load Factor 62.3% 64.1% - 1.8 pct point


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About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,300 people and operates 43 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. The airline was the first to transport Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the CEPS-pipeline connecting Brussels Airport early 2023. By end 2024, Brussels Airlines will have welcomed five state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honour a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

More information on brusselsairlines.com 

About Star Alliance

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance, based on a customer value proposition of global reach, worldwide recognition and seamless service. Since inception, it has offered the largest and most comprehensive airline network, with a focus on improving customer experience across the Alliance journey.

Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 10,000 daily flights to almost 1,200 airports in 184 countries.

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