2,7% more passengers for Brussels Airlines in June and 3,1% growth in first semester

Brussels Airlines recorded a passenger growth of 2,7 pct in the month of June. In total 540.409 passengers flew to one of Brussels Airlines’ 70 destinations. The new scheduled service to New York was very well received by the market. During the first semester, Brussels Airlines scored a passenger increase of 3,1 pct and the seat load factor of their flights increased by 3,3 percentage points.


Last June Brussels Airlines welcomed 14.000 passengers more compared to the same month last year. The seat load factor  increased slightly by 0,5 percentage points.

The passenger growth in the month of June is primarily due to the airline’s intercontinental flights. The number of passengers traveling to and from Africa increased by 16 pct. The growth is explained by the increased seat availability and frequency on several African routes.

On June 1st, Brussels Airlines launched a new daily flight between Brussels Airport and New York JFK. Flight SN50/502, Brussels Airlines’ first transatlantic scheduled service, already attracted 13.113 passengers in June. The seat load factor was 78,3 pct. “We are very satisfied with this result”, says Brussels airlines CEO Bernard Gustin. “Our investments in the new in-flight product, the quality service, the good value for money we offer and the frequent flyer programme Miles & More are very much appreciated by our New York passengers. The forward reservations for the coming months also illustrate that our New York route is off to a good start.


First semester 2012


During the first six months of the year, 2.762.922 passengers opted for the scheduled services of Brussels Airlines. This is an increase of 3,1 pct. compared to the same period last year. The seat load factor evolved positively (+3,3 percentage points).

The passenger figures only concern the scheduled flights of Brussels Airlines. The passengers of charter flights, operated by Brussels Airlines on behalf of Belgian and foreign tour operators, are not included in these figures.



  June 2012 June 2011 month/month difference in pct.
Passengers 540.409 526.319 + 2,7
Available seat-kilometres (in millions) 1242,89 1097,61 + 13,2
Revenue seat-kilometres (in millions)  867,40 760,43 + 14,1
Seat Load Factor 69,8% 69,3% +0,5 pct. points


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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 

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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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