Brussels Airlines: Passenger increase of 0,2 pct. in May

In the month of May Brussels Airlines saw a modest passenger growth of 0,2 pct. This number is impacted by last month’s long holiday weekends.

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 (“”), 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.

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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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About Star Alliance

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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