18.6 percent more passengers for Brussels Airlines in October

18.6 percent more passengers for Brussels Airlines in October

Brussels Airlines closes the summer period with a passenger growth of 18.6% in October. In total 624,794 passengers chose Brussels Airlines. The passenger load factor grew by 4.4 percentage points.

October was the first month during which Brussels Airlines offered its European passengers its four new travel options Check&Go, Light&Relax, Flex&Fast and Bizz&Class. The passenger growth that Brussels Airlines has been registering since spring continues in October. In total Brussels Airlines welcomed 98,000 more passengers compared to last year.

The number of passengers on European flights rose by 21.5% and the flights to and from Africa welcomed 1.5 % more passengers. Passenger figures on flights to the United States remained stable.

The passenger load factor for European flights increased by 6.5 percentages and amounted to 77.6%. The load factor for flights to the USA grew by 4.5 percentage points and for flights to Africa by 0.8 percentage points.

In addition to its scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines operated many holiday flights for tour operators, meeting and incentive agencies and sports clubs. Passenger figures for these charter activities are not included in the monthly figures of this press release.








Month/month difference in %




+ 18,6

Available seat-kilometres (in millions)



+ 5,4 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)



+ 12,3

Freight ton-kilometres (in millions)



+ 4.7

Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & cargo)



+4.1 pct point

Passenger Load Factor PLF



+4.4 pct point

Corporate Traffic Figures
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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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