Brussels Airlines long haul network grows significantly

During the month of August the number of Brussels Airlines passengers to and from Africa grew by 5 percent. The seat load factor of the European flights increased by over 3 percent. Overall the Belgian airline registered a slight passenger decline during the last vacation month.

A total of 522,790 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines over the past month. That’s 0.7 percent less than last year. The slight decrease is due to the fact that fewer European scheduled flights were offered and the seat offer was better adapted to market demand. This led to an improved seat load factor on the European flights. With the extra capacity, the airline operated several charter flights to holiday destinations. The passenger figures of these charter flights, commissioned by tour operators, are not included in the overall passenger statistics.

August 2013 was a peak month for the intercontinental network. Almost one in five Brussels Airlines passengers flew to a long haul destination. 77.582 passengers chose Brussels Airlines for their flights to and from Africa (+5 percent) and 23.246 passengers traveled with Brussels Airlines between Brussels Airport and US destinations Washington and New York JFK.


  August 2013 August 2012 month/month difference in percent
Passengers 522,790 526,725 - 0.7
Available seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts) 1300.17 1246.93 + 4.3
Revenue seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts) 1003.19 966.17 + 3.8
Freight ton-kilometres (no dec. pts.) 15,134 12,158 + 24.5
Overall Load Factor (Passengers & cargo) 64.9% 65.1% - 0.2 pct point
Passenger Load Factor (PLF) 77.2% 77.5%

- 0.3 pct point


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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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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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