Brussels Airlines records 17.5% passenger growth in June 2011

Brussels Airlines recorded a positive passenger growth of 17.5 percent in June. In total, more than 78,000 additional passengers flew with Brussels Airlines as compared to the month of June 2010. This led to an increase in occupancy of 5.1 percentage points.

A total of 526,319 passengers chose Brussels Airlines in the month of June. The intra-European passenger traffic increased by 17.8 percent, and the inter-continental passenger traffic to Africa experienced a growth of 14.8 percent compared to June last year. Thanks to this increase in passenger numbers, the occupancy rate increased by 5.1 percentage points to 69.3.

The increase in passenger figures experienced by Brussels Airlines was significantly higher than those of all other carriers operating flights from Brussels Airport and the Belgian regional airports.

These impressive figures illustrate Brussels Airlines’ ambitions to grow, as well as the airline’s efforts to build a hub at Brussels Airport. As part of this strategy, Brussels Airlines added aircraft with a larger capacity to its fleet, and increased the flight frequencies on some routes. In addition, an attractive pricing policy as well as various marketing campaigns contributed to passenger growth.

Also of note is that an increasing number of passengers are flying with Brussels Airlines to Brussels Airport in order to connect to flights bound for other destinations within the Brussels Airlines network, or those of our Star Alliance partners.

Not included in these statistics are the passenger figures of the charter flights operated by Brussels Airlines on behalf of tour operators.

June 2011

June 2010

month / month
difference in %

Passengers in 1,000s 526.3 448.0 + 17.5
Available seat-kilometres (in millions) 1097.6 981.3 + 11.9
Revenue seat-kilometres (in millions) 760.4 629.6 + 20.8
Seat Load factor 69.3% 64.2% + 5.1 % points

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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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