Brussels Airlines: record passenger growth of 12% in April

Brussels Airlines registers a strong passenger growth for the month of April 2014 (12%). A total of 585.477 passengers opted for a Brussels Airlines flight, which is a record in the history of the airline.

Never before has Brussels Airlines transported as many passengers as during the past month of April. Compared to April 2013 the airline flew 62,000 more passengers to their destinations. The European network drew 10.6 percent more passengers and achieved an average seat load factor of 77 percent (up 4.5 percentage points). The flights to Africa and the United States also recorded a strong passenger growth of 20.3 percent.

Thanks to the passenger increase, the overall passenger load factor increased by 3.7 percentage points.

The strong growth is due to the popular Easter holiday period, the launch of new destinations Athens and Seville and the passenger growth on the long haul network. With its vast network, Brussels Airlines targets not only city trippers and vacationers, but also business travelers.

The cargo activities of Brussels Airlines have also grown significantly compared to April 2013 (+14,4 percent).

In addition to its scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines operates many holiday flights for tour operators and incentive agencies. Passenger figures for this charter activity are not included in the monthly figures of this press release.








Month/month difference in %




+ 12.0

Available seat-kilometres (in millions)



+ 9.9 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)



+ 15.8

Freight ton-kilometres (x1000)



+ 14.4

Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight)



+ 2.0 pct point

Passenger Load Factor PLF



+ 3.7 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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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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