Brussels Airlines’ growth trend continues in September

Brussels Airlines’ growth trend continues in September

This September Brussels Airlines welcomed 11.8% more passengers. The growth was equally spread over the short / European and the middle-long / intercontinental network. 

Brussels Airlines continues to record strong results. In September, the first month after the summer holidays, the airline’s flights had an average seat load factor of 79.3%, and about 745,466 passengers chose a Brussels Airlines flight. In comparison to the same period last year this is a growth of 11.8%.

On the 9th of September 27,394 passengers traveled with Brussels Airlines, which is a new record in the 13-year history of the airline.

The passenger figures of September are in line with the growth trend that Brussels Airlines has been registering month after month. The largest growth was noted on the African network, which attracted 14.9% more passengers. The European network (+11.6%) as well as the flights to New York and Washington (+10.2%) also grew notably in September.

In September the Brussels Airlines network was expanded with two new destinations. Since that month Brussels Airlines connects the Croatian capital Zagreb six times a week with Brussels Airport and the North-German Bremen is operated every day of the week.

In addition to its scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines operated many 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 %





Available seat-kilometres (in millions)



+ 9.7 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)




Freight ton-kilometres (in millions)




Overall Loadfactor (Passengers and Freight)



-0.4 pct point

Passenger Load Factor (PLF)



+1.7 pct point

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 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,300 people and operates 43 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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The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance, based on a customer value proposition of global reach, worldwide recognition and seamless service. Since inception, it has offered the largest and most comprehensive airline network, with a focus on improving customer experience across the Alliance journey.

Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 10,000 daily flights to almost 1,200 airports in 184 countries.

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