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.








Month/month difference in %







+ 15.8

Available seat-kilometres (m ASK)



+ 4.5 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (m RPK)



+ 15.7

Freight ton-kilometres (m FTK)



-  21.3

Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight)



- 1.7 pct. points

Passenger Load Factor



+ 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 70 destinations, whereof 15 in Africa, the continent that Brussels Airlines carries closes to its heart. Moreover, Brussels Airlines offers 54 destinations in Europe and 2 in North America. The company employs 3,300 employees and operates 38 aircraft.

In view of the global coronavirus pandemic, Brussels Airlines has committed itself to the strictest health safety measures in aviation worldwide, following the recommendations of EASA (European Air Safety Agency). Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Belgian airline operates an adapted flight schedule that is based on market demand and that takes into account the travel restrictions of the different authorities.

Thanks to its no-compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive all-flexible fares with  the highest service quality. With yearly changing Belgian Star Chefs, its wide offer of Belgian food and drinks and the six Belgian Icons, Brussels Airlines is acting as a real ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world.

Creating over 40.000 direct and indirect jobs, Brussels Airlines plays an important role in the Belgian economy and is part of Belgium's second largest economic engine: its hub at Brussels Airport. In 2019, the airline transported over 10 million passengers to, from and via Brussels Airport.

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 one of the four Lufthansa Group network airlines (Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss) and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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