5.2% more passengers for Brussels Airlines in July

Compared to last year, Brussels Airlines flew 5.2% more passengers in July. In total 788,491 passengers boarded one of its European and intercontinental flights.


July was a busy period at Brussels Airport, but nonetheless it was a very smooth month.

Both in the first and the last weekend of July, Brussels Airlines hit a record number of passengers. More and more passengers choose Brussels Airlines for their summer vacation. Sun destinations in Spain, Portugal, Greece, France, Italy and Croatia proved to be very popular. Another highlight in July was Tomorrowland. Brussels Airlines flew more than 10,000 foreign music fans to the world-renowned festival.

The number of passenge on the European flights grew by 4.1%. The flights to the US and Canada were also very successful, with 45.6% more passengers, which is mainly due to the opening of the new Canadian route Toronto. On the African connections, Brussels Airlines welcomed 1.9% more passengers.

The passenger growth is partly due to the airline’s increased offer. Compared to last year, Brussels Airlines offered more seats to various existing destinations, and 9 new destinations were added to the network (Crete, Thessaloniki, Jerez, Belfast, Nantes, Tenerife, Las Palmas, Nuremberg and Toronto).

The seat load factor remained stable at 82.7%.


The transported freight volume increased by 11% compared to July 2015, which can mainly be attributed to an increase of volumes from Europe to Africa and North-America leading to an increase by 5% of the freight load factor on these routes. However, the overall freight load factor decreased by 5.7% to the capacity increase and shifts in the network

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.








Year/year difference in %








Available seat-kilometres (in millions)




Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)




Freight tonnage             




Freight Load Factor




-5.7 pct. points


Passenger Load Factor



0 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 

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.

More information on staralliance.com


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