8.3 percent more Brussels Airlines passengers in May

Compared to May 2013, 8.3 percent more passengers flew on a Brussels Airlines flight this year. The seat load factor grew by 2.6 percentage points. It is the fifth month in a row that the airline records a significant passenger growth.

582,471 passengers were welcomed on board Brussels Airlines’ flights within Europe and to the States and Africa in the month of May. The European network attracted 30,829 additional passengers while 13,932 more passengers were registered on long distance flights.

It is the fifth consecutive month that Brussels Airlines’ passenger figures have grown. The growth also led to a better occupancy, leading to a 71.5 pct seat load factor (2.6 percentage points).

The freight activity also grew significantly (+18.2 percent).

In addition to its scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines operates many holiday flights for tour operators and incentive agencies. Passenger figures for this charter activity are not included in the monthly figures of this press release.








Month/month difference in %




+ 8.3

Available seat-kilometres (in millions)



+ 10.7 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)



+  15.0

Freight ton-kilometres (x1000)



+ 18.2

Overall Loadfactor (Passagiers & Vracht)



+1.3 pct point

 Passenger Load Factor (PLF)



+2.6 pct point


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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 90 destinations, 18 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,400 people and operates 44 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 17,000 daily flights to over 1,200 airports in 190 countries.

More information on staralliance.com


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