Brussels Airlines records growth of intercontinental passengers in October

During the month of October the seat load factor of Brussels Airlines flights increased, together with the volume of transported cargo. The absolute number of passengers on the European network decreased, just like in September, while the intercontinental passenger figures increased.

Compared to October last year, Brussels Airlines’ October seat load factor increased by 0.6 percentage points. The overall load factor (passengers and freight) increased by 4 percentage points. This improvement is the result of Brussels Airlines’ capacity and network strategy that optimized the seat offer on the European network and expanded the intercontinental offer.

The European market situation remains a challenge and this is reflected in the intra-European passenger trend (-5,5%), although it is partly due to the capacity decrease on some routes. The intercontinental routes, Africa and New York, attracted 27% more passengers. The New York route again recorded a seat load factor of nearly 80%.

In October Brussels Airlines launched a new scheduled service to Edinburgh (Scotland). Flights to a number of summer destinations were suspended at the beginning of the winter season.

The passenger figures of October 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 in these figures. 


  October 2012 October 2011 month/month difference in pct.
Passengers 518,110 530,223 - 2.3
Available seat-kilometres  1175.94 1125.19 + 4.5
Revenue seat-kilometres  806.26 764.77 + 5.4
Freight ton-kilometres  14124 9790 + 44.3
Overall Load factor (Passengers & cargo) 64.7 % 63.7 % + 4 pct. points
Seat Load Factor Passengers 68.6 % 68 % + 0.6 pct. points


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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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