Brussels Airlines’ passenger growth continues in September

Brussels Airlines’ passenger growth continues in September

Brussels Airlines again recorded a passenger growth this September. Compared to the same period last year, 72,709 more passengers traveled with Brussels Airlines. The seat load factor increased to 82.5%.

September is traditionally a busy month for Brussels Airlines. On the one hand, business traffic picks up after the summer holiday, on the other hand, holiday destinations remain very popular for late summer vacations. In addition, a lot of expats returning home after a vacation in their home country, especially on board flights from or to Africa.

This resulted in a passenger growth of 8.9% over the past month. Noteworthy was the steady increase in the number of passengers that flew on European flights (+8.7%). The African network also contributed significantly to growth (+6%).

In total 886,617 passengers flew on a Brussels Airlines flight. The number of flights offered in September increased by 0.8% but the number of passengers grew faster, which led to an increase of the seat load factor, which amounted to 82.5%. It is the first time the seat load factor exceeded 80% in a September month.

The transported freight volume also grew. The cargo load factor increased by 13.9 percentage points and the Revenue Ton-Kilometers increased by 15.8%.

These statistics do not include the passengers on board of the many charter flights Brussels Airlines operates on behalf of tour operators.


  Month Month difference in % 
sep/17 sep/16
Flights 7,438 7,380 0.8%
Total Passengers 886,617 813,908 8.9%
-- Passengers Europe 742,691 683,498 8.7%
-- Passengers Africa 82,053 77,387 6.0%
-- Passengers North America 35,922 35,177 2.1%
-- Passengers Middle East 18,027 17,846 1.0%
-- Passengers Asia 7,924 / /
Available seat-kilometers  (ASK) 1,780,726,685 1,642,772,969 8.4%
Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK) 1,469,565,089 1,312,715,898 11.9%
Passenger Load Factor (%) 82.5% 79.9% 2.6 pp.
Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK)     212,043 194,318 9.1%
Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK) 168,541 145,519 15.8%
Cargo Load Factor (%) 69.8% 55.9% 13.9 pp.
Figures based on preliminary data 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 60 destinations in Europe, 2 in North America and Tel Aviv. The company employs 3,100 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 five 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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