Brussels Airlines: Passenger increase of 0,2 pct. in May
Last month a total of 516.713 passengers flew on Brussels Airlines. Compared to May 2011, the Africa network attracted over 13,1 pct more passengers, the volumes on the European flights remained unchanged. The seat load factor on the European network grew however with 2,6 pct points.
The passenger numbers of the month of May are strongly influenced by the several long weekends. The result is that, compared to last year, less people flew on certain week days and that the number of customers on the European flights remained the same. As last year a number of bank holidays fell on weekend days, there was no such effect. For the month of June a higher passenger growth is expected. The nice passenger increase on the Africa flights is due to the addition of an Airbus A 330-200 that has led to a capacity increase to e.g. Cameroon, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Burundi and Kenya. .
These statistics do not include passengers of charter flights, that operate to Mediterranean holiday destinations on behalf of numerous Belgian and foreign tour operators.
|May2012||May2011||month/month difference in pct|
|Passengers (x 1,000)||516,713||515,718||+ 0,2|
|Available seat-kilometres (2 dec pcts.)||1140,15||1097,90||+ 3,8|
|Revenue seat-kilometres (2 dec. pcts.)||733,57||713,78||+ 2,8|
|Seat Load Factor||64,3%||65,0%||- 0,7 pct point|
About Brussels Airlines
Brussels Airlines is the Belgian airline that offers the widest choice of flights to and from the capital of Europe, Brussels Airport. The company has more than 3.500 employees and 52 aircraft that operate some 300 punctual flights daily, connecting the Capital of Europe to over 70 premium European and African airports and New York JFK.
On its European routes, operated with AVRO, Boeing 737, and Airbus A319/A320, Brussels Airlines offers the choice of a premium service at a very high level (“b.business”), an ultra-flexible product, which offers time-saving and comfort at reasonable prices (“b.flex economy+”) and a low fare product (“b.light economy”). On medium- and long-haul flights, the airline operates traditional business or economy class. Long-haul flights are operated with Airbus A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft.
In addition to 21 destinations in Africa, Brussels Airlines and its intercontinental partners also offer long-haul service to the United Arab Emirates, China, Thailand, India and North America.
Brussels Airlines is owned by SN Airholding and is backed up by more than 80 years of aviation experience in Belgium. In June 2009, Lufthansa announced its interest in the management structure and capital of the Belgian airline. Brussels Airlines has been a member of the global airline alliance Star Alliance since 9 December 2009.