686,299 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines in March

686,299 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines in March

 Last month 686,299 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines. The seat load factor of the flights amounted to an average of 74.8%. The number of passengers grew by 51.4 percent, but this spectacular growth is largely due to the fact that the flight programme of Brussels Airlines in March 2016 was scaled down in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks of March 22nd. 

Of all 686,299 passengers who travelled with Brussels Airlines during the month of March, 527,905 of them chose a European flight. 113,394 passengers flew to or from Africa, North-America, Israel or India.

It is hard to compare the figures of March 2017 to the same month last year. On the 22nd of March 2016 Brussels Airport was hit by terror attacks, which led to a 12-day closure of the airport. The flight programme of Brussels Airlines, which was partly operated out of other airports, was significantly decreased. This had a big influence on the traffic figures of March 2016. In March 2017 the airline operated 25.5% more flights compared to March 2016

The month of March was closed with the launch of Mumbai. Since the 30th of March, Brussels Airlines flies five times a week between Brussels Airport and the Indian metropolis. The new connection is showing a promising start .

The seat load factor of the flights went up 9,1 points and amounted to 74,8%. The cargo volume and the cargo load factor augmented as well.

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.





VLY difference in %


March 2017

March 2016





34.2 %

Total Passengers



51.4 %

-- Passengers Europe



52.9 %

-- Passengers Africa



28.1 %

-- Passengers North America



130.8 %

-- Passengers Middle East



61.3 %

-- Passengers Asia




Available seat-kilometers  (ASK)




Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK)




Passenger Load Factor (%)

74.8 %

68.6 %

9.1 pp.

Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK)   



33.7 %

Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK)



50.5 %

Cargo Load Factor (%)

67.0 %

47.8 %

19.2 pp.

Figures based on preliminary figures currently available 

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 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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