Brussels Airlines grows strongly in May

Brussels Airlines grows strongly in May

During the month of May, Brussels Airlines recorded a passenger growth of 18.9%. The seat load factor increased by 3.4 % and the transported cargo volume rose significantly as well.

 

Last month, 839,320 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines. That is 133,572 or over 18.9% more than May 2016.  During the month of May last year Brussels Airlines was still facing the aftermath of the attacks of 22 March, which had a negative impact on the passenger volume. Though this is not the only explanation for the strong growth that was registered this May. The success of Brussels Airlines’ commercial strategy contributed to the solid growth of passengers as well.

Besides the European network, the flights to and from Africa performed well and the new route to Mumbai is having a successful start. As a result, the overall seat load factor increased by 3.4 % and amounted to 76.5%.

Like every year, Brussels Airlines launched several seasonal destinations in May, which are only operated during the spring- and summer months. For example Ibiza, Jerez de la Frontera, Olbia, Rhodos, Figari en Calvi show up again in flight schedule.

May was also a strong month for the cargo activity. Brussels Airlines Cargo saw its load factor grow with 9.5%. The Cargo volume, expressed in Revenue Ton Kilometers, increased by 23.5%.

During the month of May, numerous charter flights were performed on behalf of tour operators. The passenger figures of these flights are not taken into account in the figures of this press release.

 

 

Month

Month

VLY difference in %

May17

May16

Flights

7,701

6,936

11.0%

Total Passengers

839,320

705,748

18.9%

-- Passengers Europe

700,876

589,702

18.9%

-- Passengers Africa

78,306

68,637

14.1%

-- Passengers North America

33,049

31,076

6.3%

-- Passengers Middle East

17,908

16,333

9.6%

-- Passengers Asia

9,181

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Available seat-kilometers  (ASK)

1,812,135,939

1,573,189,387

15.2%

Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK)

1,386,237,524

1,149,626,412

20.6%

Passenger Load Factor (%)

76.5%

73.1%

3.4%pt

Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK)   

216,130

186,148

16.1%

Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK)

162,034

131,160

23.5%

Cargo Load Factor (%)

65.4%

55.9%

9.5%pt

 Figures based on preliminary figures 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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