Brussels Airlines registers a 10.7 percent passenger growth in February

During the past month of February, 449,477 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines, a 10.7 percent increase compared to February 2014. The growth, which was mainly realized on the European network, led to an improvement of the seat load factor (2 percentage points).

Again in February, Brussels Airlines continues the growth trend it has been registering month after month for one year now. The airline welcomed 43,463 more passengers on board of its European and long haul flights in February, compared to the same month last year. With this passenger growth of 10.7 percent, Brussels Airlines positions itself in the top of the fastest growing European airlines.

The positive evolution is mainly due to the European network. On the short haul and mid haul network, the growth amounted to 12.6 percent. The flights to Africa and New York attracted 0.4 percent and 0.2 percent more passengers.

Because the number of passengers grew more than the seat offer, the average seat load factor increased by 2 percentage points.

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








Month/month difference in %




+ 10.7

Available seat-kilometres (in millions)



+ 5.5 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)




Freight ton-kilometres (in millions)




Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Fret)



-0.3 pct point

Passenger Load Factor (PLF)



+2.0 pct point


Figures based on preliminary data currently available.


Kim Daenen

Media Relations Manager

Wencke Lemmes

VP Corporate Communication

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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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