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 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 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs 3,100 people and operates 41 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. In 2023, Brussels Airlines welcomes three state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network. Next to that, the airline aims to operate its first flight using Sustainable Aviation fuel (SAF) by 2023.

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 honor a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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