4.2% passenger growth in February for Brussels Airlines

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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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 60 destinations in Europe, 2 in North America and Tel Aviv. The company employs 3,100 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 five 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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