4.2% passenger growth in February for Brussels Airlines

In February, Brussels Airlines registered again a passenger increase. In total 545,869 passengers flew on a Brussels Airlines flight to or from Brussels Airport. This is an increase of 4.2% compared to February 2016.

Compared to last year the number of customers on European flights increased by 3%. 4.5% more passengers flew between Brussels Airport and Africa and the North American flights attracted 28.8% more passengers. The North American growth is partly due to the new destination Toronto that was launched in April last year.

Last year, February had 29 instead of 28 days, so the 4.2% passenger growth is significant.The passenger numbers grew faster than the seat offer, resulting in a seat load factor increase of 2 percentage points (72.8%).

The transported freight volume also evolved positively, resulting in a cargo load factor growth of 6.7 percentage points. The growth was mainly registered on the New York and Toronto routes.

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.





 difference in %

February 2017

February 2016




-0.9 %

Total Passengers



4.2 %

-- Passengers Europe



3.0 %

-- Passengers Africa



4.5 %

-- Passengers North America



28.8 %

-- Passengers Middle East



29.6 %

Available seat-kilometers  (ASK)



5.1 %

Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK)



7.1 %

Passenger Load Factor (%)



2.0 pt

Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK)   



4.9 %

Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK)



9.0 %

Cargo Load Factor (%)



6.7 pt

Figures based on preliminary figures 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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