Most popular destinations are New York (long-haul flights) and Malaga (medium-haul flights) out of Brussels

Brussels - Monday, December 19, 2022 - Brussels Airlines is preparing to fly almost 270,000 passengers during the year-end vacation. The airline notes an overall year-on-year increase by 28% of its bookings. For passengers starting their journey in Brussels, New York is the most popular intercontinental destination and Malaga the European one. The day before the official start of the holidays, December 23rd is the busiest departing day, closely followed by December 26th.

Brussels Airlines is getting ready for a buzzing end-of-year period. Between December 24th and January 8th almost 270,0001 passengers are flying around the world with Belgium’s national home carrier. Friday December 23rd is the most popular departing day - with more than 20,000 passengers - closely followed by Monday December 26th.

This is an overall year-on-year booking increase of 28%. Long-haul bookings are up by 31% and medium-haul by 27%.

For journeys starting in Brussels and when looking at the long-haul destinations New York, Dakar and Kinshasa flights have the most passengers on board. Malaga, Tenerife and Rome are the most popular European cities to fly to during the Christmas holidays.



1 all data and figures used are a picture of the available information on Sunday December 11th 2022


Joëlle Neeb

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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 90 destinations, 18 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,400 people and operates 44 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.

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