Brussels Airlines continues strong growth in November

Brussels Airlines continues strong growth in November

Over the past month, 94,862 more passengers flew with Brussels Airlines compared to November last year. This passenger growth of 15.6% also led to an increase in the seat load factor.

November was the first month of the 2017-2018 winter program at Brussels Airlines. Traditionally, it is a month with a lot of business traffic. Some summer holiday destinations have disappeared from the flight offer, while new winter destinations such as Sal and Boa Vista (Cape Verde), Lanzarote and Fuerteventura (Canary Islands), Hurghada (Egypt) were offered for the first time. Together with the increased flight frequencies to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, these destinations attracted many holidaymakers.

In total 702,908 passengers checked in for a Brussels Airlines flight, of which 571,647 chose a European destination. That is 12.1% more than in November 2016. The number of passengers that boarded a flight to or from the African continent grew by 34.4% thanks to increased flight frequencies on existing routes and the addition of new destinations (Morocco, Cape Verde). The transatlantic connections (New York & Toronto) also grew slightly (+2.6%) while newcomer Mumbai attracted 9,183 passengers in November.

The seat load factor increased by 2.8 percentage points and amounted to 74.5%.

November was also a strong month of growth for the cargo activity. The cargo load factor increased by 11.7 percentage points and amounted to 75.3%.

In October, many charter flights were carried out on behalf of tour operators at home and abroad. The passenger statistics of these flights are not included in the figures of this press release.

 

 

Month

Month

VLY difference in %

Nov/17

Nov/16

Flights

6,123

6,236

-1.8%

Total Passengers

702,908

608,046

15.6%

-- Passengers Europe

571,647

510,041

12.1%

-- Passengers Africa

91,949

68,433

34.4%

-- Passengers North America

16,370

15,959

2.6%

-- Passengers Middle East

13,804

13,613

1.4%

-- Passengers Asia

9,138

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Available seat-kilometers  (ASK)

1,578,141,663

1,279,471,601

23.3%

Revenue Passenger-Kilomteters  (RPK)

1,175,473,928

917,370,884

28.1%

Passenger Load Factor (%)

74.5%

71.7%

2.8 pp.

Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK)   

196,691

150,429

30.8%

Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK)

140,081

105,247

33.1%

Cargo Load Factor (%)

75.3%

63.6%

11.7 pp.

These figures are based on preliminary results currently available

 

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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 54 destinations in Europe and 2 in North America. The company employs 3,300 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 six 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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