Brussels Airlines achieves record seat load factor in August

During the past month of August the passenger activity of Brussels Airlines grew by 12.5 percent. The seat load factor of their aircraft reached a new record in the history of the company: 83.9 percent.

In August Brussels Airlines welcomed 700,891 passengers on board its European and intercontinental flights, or 78,046 more than the same period in 2014.

The flights to and from European destinations drew 13.4 percent more travelers; the African flights 7.9 percent and on the American network the New York and Washington flights recorded a growth of 9.2 percent.

The passenger increase led to a significant improvement of the seat load factor, reaching 83.9 percent, a record for the airline. Never in the 13-year history of the company, their aircraft had such a high occupancy rate.

The most popular European flights were the new Mediterranean destinations the airline launched this summer.

Due to the high passenger load factor, less freight capacity was available.

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







Month/month difference in %




+ 12.5

Available seat-kilometres (in millions)



+ 5.8 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)



+ 8.8

Freight ton-kilometres (in millions)



- 14.5

Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight)



+ 0.8 pct points

Passenger Load Factor (PLF)



+ 2.4 pct points


Figures based on preliminary data 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 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.

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