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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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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