16.5% growth for Brussels Airlines in February

16.5% growth for Brussels Airlines in February

During the month of February 636,068 passengers boarded a Brussels Airlines flight, 16.5% more compared to the same month last year. Across the entire network a passenger growth was recorded, leading to a 3.9 percentage point increase of the seat load factor.

Brussels Airlines closes February with growth. On board of the 5,526 flights that were operated during the past month, Brussels Airlines welcomed 636,068 passengers, or 90,199 more than in February 2017. The largest growth was recorded on the African and North American sectors (both +15.2%), followed by the European network (+14.9%), and the Middle East (+4.4%).

On the European network the growth is mainly due to the addition of the Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium activities that were integrated last October.

The passenger growth also led to an increase of the seat load factor by 3.9 percentage points, bringing the average seat load factor to 76.7%. The freight volumes transported in the belly of Brussels Airlines’ passenger flights also grew significantly (+35%). The cargo capacity however, grew faster, resulting in a very slight decrease of the cargo load factor (-1.8%)

Compared to February last year, Brussels Airlines operated 2% less flights. Nevertheless the airline was able to increase its growth rate. This is the result of the replacement of the last AVRO jets (100 seats) by Airbus aircraft with a greater capacity (180 seats). The pressure on airline ticket prices remains high. Thanks to its increased offer, Brussels Airlines was able to continue to propose competitive fares and attract even more customers.

These statistics do not include the passengers on board of the many charter flights Brussels Airlines operates on behalf of tour operators.

 

Month

Month

Difference

in %

feb/18

feb/17

Flights

5,526

5,640

-2.0%

Total Passengers

636,068

545,869

16.5%

-- Passengers Europe

514,455

447,893

14.9%

-- Passengers Africa

84,804

73,623

15.2%

-- Passengers North America

14,047

12,194

15.2%

-- Passengers Middle East

12,697

12,159

4.4%

-- Passengers Asia

10,065

 

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Available seat-kilometers  (ASK)

1,407,289,946

1,173,963,909

19.9%

Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK)

1,080,088,680

854,706,455

26.4%

Passenger Load Factor (%)

76.7%

72.8%

3.9%pt

Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK)   

167,446

138,685

20.7%

Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK)

128,838

100,203

28.6%

Cargo Load Factor (%)

74.0%

75.8%

-1.8%pt

These figures are based on results 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 3,100 people and operates 41 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. In 2023, Brussels Airlines welcomes three state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network. Next to that, the airline aims to operate its first flight using Sustainable Aviation fuel (SAF) by 2023.

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 honor a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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