Brussels Airlines achieves record seat load factor in August

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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Brussels Airlines is Belgium's national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 100 destinations, whereof 23 in Africa, the continent Brussels Airlines considers its second home. Besides Africa, Brussels Airlines offers more than 90 destinations in Europe, 3 in North America and Tel Aviv. The company has over 4,000 employees and 48 aircraft operating some 250 flights daily, flying more than 9 million passengers a year to, via and from Brussels Airport. Thanks to its no compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive 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 an ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world.

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 part of Eurowings and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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