Brussels Airlines registered 9.2% passenger growth in June

Brussels Airlines registered 9.2% passenger growth in June

Compared to the same period last year, Brussels Airlines welcomed 78,467 more passengers in the month of June, representing a growth of 9.2%. The Seat Load Factor increased by 2.2 percentage points to a total of 81.8%.

Brussels Airlines registered the strongest passenger growth on the African network (25.2%), thanks to the addition of many new holiday destinations in North Africa in cooperation with Thomas Cook, Neckermann and Pegase. The number of passengers travelling on North American flights rose by 14.9%, mainly due to the addition of one weekly frequency to Washington D.C. (now a daily service). Compared to the same month last year, 7.6% more customers were registered on the European network. On the Middle Eastern flights, 2% more customers chose to fly Brussels Airlines. The number of people traveling with Brussels Airlines to Asia decreased by 5.6%, due to a lower flight offer.

Despite the decrease in operated flights (-3.3%), the Available Seat-Kilometers (ASK) increased by 12.8%, due to the replacement of AVRO jets (100 seats) by bigger Airbus aircraft (180 seats). The Seat Load Factor climbed from 79.7% in June last year to 81.8% in June 2018 (+2.2pp.). Thanks to its increased offer, Brussels Airlines was able to continue offering competitive fares and attract even more customers. This means, however, that the pressure on the ticket prices remains very high.

The Cargo Load Factor increased by 3.2 percentage points to an average of 68.4%, while the Revenue Ton-Kilometers (RTK) grew by 15.2%. The transported cargo volume amounted to 4,458 tons.

These statistics do not include the passengers on board of the many charter flights Brussels Airlines operates on behalf of tour operators.

 

June 2018

June 2017

Difference in %

Flights

7,278

7,523

-3.3%

Total Passengers

926,901

848,434

9.2%

-- Passengers Europe

761,008

707,380

7.6%

-- Passengers Africa

98,829

78,937

25.2%

-- Passengers North America

39,484

34,351

14.9%

-- Passengers Middle East

18,406

18,044

2.0%

-- Passengers Asia

9,174

9,722

-5.6%

Available seat-kilometers  (ASK)

2,000,016,427

1,773,088,609

12.8%

Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK)

1,636,620,045

1,412,761,032

15.8%

Passenger Load Factor (%)

81.8%

79.7%

2.2 pp.

Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK)   

234,064

211,300

10.8%

Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK)

187,472

162,707

15.2%

Cargo Load Factor (%)

68.4%

65.2%

3.2 pp.

These results are based on figures currently available

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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 3,100 people and operates 41 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. In 2023, Brussels Airlines welcomes three state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network. Next to that, the airline aims to operate its first flight using Sustainable Aviation fuel (SAF) by 2023.

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 honor a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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