Brussels Airlines records a load factor increase in February

Brussels  – During the month of February, the number of passengers transported by Brussels Airlines on their European network decreased slightly. The load factor, the intercontinental traffic and the cargo activities continued to grow.

In February 2013, 364,207 passengers have traveled with Brussels Airlines. This is a slight decrease compared to the same period last year, but is in line with the decreased number of seats offered on the European network. The number of passengers that flew on Brussels Airlines’ long-haul network increased by 1,6 percent.

The freight volume, expressed in freight ton/kilometres, increased by 32,8 percent.

The passenger figures only reflect the scheduled flights of Brussels Airlines. The passengers of charter flights operated by Brussels Airlines on behalf of tour operators are not included.


  February 2013 February 2012 month/month difference in percent
Passengers 364,207 373,774 - 2.6
Available seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts) 943.02 905.95 + 4.1 
Revenue seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts) 583.43 552.89 +  5.5
Freight ton-kilometres (no dec. pts.) 13,258 9,980 + 32.8
Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & freight) 56.9% 55.7 % + 1.2 pct points
Passenger Load Factor (PLF) 61,9 % 61,1 % + 0.8  pct points


Wencke Lemmes


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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 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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