15.8% more passengers for Brussels Airlines in February

15.8% more passengers for Brussels Airlines in February

Brussels Airlines can look back on strong growth figures in February. Compared to last year, 15.8% more passengers chose a Brussels Airlines flight for their travels.

This February, Brussels Airlines welcomed 520,351 passengers on board its aircraft. That is a growth of 15.8% compared to February 2015. Exactly 443,634 passengers flew on the European network; 76,717 travelled on an intercontinental flight between Brussels Airport and Africa or the States.

Compared to last year, February had one extra day this year. However, this only partially explains the growth. The commercial success of the European flights (+14.7%) as well as the intercontinental flights (+22.5%) are at the basis of the strong increase, which allows Brussels Airlines to further reinforce its market position.

The passenger increase led again to a significant reinforcement of the load factor, which rose by 6.9 percentage points and amounted to 71.4%, like in January.

Despite the growing freight activity in Europe and on the US network, Brussels Airlines globally carried less cargo in January. This is due to the reduced availability of cargo space on the African network as a result of the higher volume of passengers and weight restrictions on the flights.

In addition to its scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines operates many holiday and group flights for tour operators. Passenger figures for this activity are not included in the figures of this press release.

 

 

 

February

 2016

February

 2015

Month/month difference in %

Passengers

 

520,351

 

449,526

 

+ 15.8

Available seat-kilometres (m ASK)

1,117.18

1,069.46

+ 4.5 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (m RPK)

797.74

689.60

+ 15.7

Freight ton-kilometres (m FTK)

11,909

15,140

-  21.3

Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight)

56.5%

58.2%

- 1.7 pct. points

Passenger Load Factor

71.4%

64.5%

+ 6.9 pct, points

Figures based on preliminary data currently available.

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Brussels Airlines is Belgium's national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 100 destinations, whereof 23 in Africa, the continent Brussels Airlines considers its second home. Besides Africa, Brussels Airlines offers more than 90 destinations in Europe, 3 in North America and Tel Aviv. The company has over 4,000 employees and 48 aircraft operating some 250 flights daily, flying more than 9 million passengers a year to, via and from Brussels Airport. Thanks to its no compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive fares with the highest service quality.  With yearly changing Belgian Star Chefs, its wide offer of Belgian food and drinks and the five Belgian Icons, Brussels Airlines is an ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world.

Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialized by Lufthansa Cargo. The airline also handles the daily maintenance of its aircraft fleet.

Brussels Airlines is part of Eurowings and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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