Brussels Airlines registers 13% passenger growth in October

Brussels Airlines once again registered a strong passenger growth during the month of October. In comparison to October 2014, the number of passengers grew by 13%. The occupancy also increased by 3.7 percentage points. With these figures, Brussels Airlines is one of the fastest growing European airlines. 

In October – the last month of the summer season in aviation – 706,227 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines, which are 81,441 more than last year. Especially remarkable was the growth on flights to Africa and the States; where the passenger numbers increased by 27.9 and 20.3% respectively. Also the European network grew significantly, with 11.3% more passengers.

The growth led to an improvement of the occupancy rate, which amounted to 76%.

One of the highlights of the previous month was the launch of a new route to Accra. The capital of Ghana is connected directly with Brussels Airport since the end of October, and this 4 times a week.

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







Month/month difference in %




+ 13.0

Available seat-kilometres (in millions)



+ 10.5 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)



+ 16.2

Freight ton-kilometres (in millions)



- 16.0

Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight)



+ 0.4 pct point

Passenger Load Factor (PLF)



+ 3.7 pct. point


Figures based on preliminary data 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 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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