Brussels Airlines registers 9.9% passenger growth in April

Brussels Airlines registers 9.9% passenger growth in April

Pressure on ticket prices remains very high

Following the continuing offer of competitive fares, Brussels Airlines recorded a passenger growth of 9.9%. This means, however, that the pressure on the yield remains very high. The Seat Load Factor increased slightly, with 1.8 percentage points to a total of 82.8%.

In April, 920,816 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines, which is a 9.9% increase compared to the same month last year. The number of passengers traveling on a European flight grew by 10.5% to 763,882. The African flights recorded a growth of 11.9%, while the number of passengers flying to North America decreased slightly with -0.4%. The Middle Eastern and Asian flights recorded growths of respectively 1.5% and 2.2%.  Thanks to its increased offer (+8.8% more seats), Brussels Airlines was able to continue to propose competitive fares and attract more customers. This means, however, that the pressure on the yield remains very high.

On the 7,152 flights in April 2018, Brussels Airlines recorded a Seat Load Factor of 82.8%, which is a slight increase of 1.8 percentage points. The Cargo Load Factor increased by 7.8% to an average of 73.1%, while the Revenue Ton-Kilometers (RTK) grew by 11.0%. The transported cargo volumes amounted to 5,000 tons, the highest in the history of the company.

The number of flights operated in April increased slightly (0.3%) compared to the same month last year. Nevertheless, the Available seat-Kilometers (ASK) rises more strongly with 8.8%, due to the replacement of the last AVRO Jets (100 seats) by Airbus aircraft with a greater capacity (180 seats).

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

 

April 2018

April 2017

difference in %

Flights

7,152

7,130

0.3%

Total Passengers

920,816

837,646

9.9%

-- Passengers Europe

763,882

691,120

10.5%

-- Passengers Africa

94,669

84,571

11.9%

-- Passengers North America

35,312

35,456

-0.4%

-- Passengers Middle East

18,865

18,583

1.5%

-- Passengers Asia

8,088

7,916

2.2%

Available seat-kilometers  (ASK)

1,884,965,430

1,732,103,375

8.8%

Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK)

1,560,898,624

1,403,686,142

11.2%

Passenger Load Factor (%)

82.8%

81.0%

1.8 %pt

Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK)   

221,257

207,090

6.8%

Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK)

179,994

162,192

11.0%

Cargo Load Factor (%)

73.1%

65.3%

7.8  %pt

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 3,200 people and operates 40 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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