Brussels Airlines registers a 12 percent passenger growth in first semester

During the first semester of 2015, twelve percent more passengers flew on a Brussels Airlines flight, compared to the same period in 2014. This result makes Brussels Airlines one of the fastest growing airlines in Europe.

In the period January-June 2015, 3.46 million passengers used a Brussels Airlines flight, which is 374,652 more than the same period last year. The seat load factor grew by 1.4 percentage points.

This strong performance is mainly driven by the competitive pricing strategy Brussels Airlines has implemented alongside the introduction of four new travel formulas and which has led to significant passenger increase.
Last spring the airline  also expanded its network with new leisure destinations like Billund, Bordeaux, Calvi, Dubrovnik, Lourdes, Olbia, Riga and St Petersburg, which has also contributed to the passenger growth.

According to preliminary market indicators, Brussels Airlines was one of the fastest growing European airlines during the first semester of 2015. During the month of June, the number of passengers increased by 14% and a record seat load factor of 75.3% was achieved.

“The competitive pricing we have introduced has had the desired effect in the market”, says Brussels Airlines CEO Bernard Gustin. “The increasing number of guests we welcome on board our flights each day is a clear illustration hereof. With our new Check&Go, Light&Relax, Flex&Fast and Bizz&Class products, we now have an attractive formula for every budget.”

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.



Jan-Jun 2015

Jan-Jun 2014

Semester/semester difference in %




+ 12.0

Available seat-kilometres (in millions)



+ 6.0 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)



+  8.0

Freight ton-kilometres (in millions)




Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight)



+0.7 pct points

 Passenger Load Factor (PLF)



+1.4 pct points







Month/month difference in %




+ 14.0

Available seat-kilometres (in millions)



+ 8.6 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)



+  10.7

Freight ton-kilometres (in millions)



- 7.7

Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight)



+ 0.4 pct. points

 Passenger Load Factor (PLF)



+ 1.4 pct. points


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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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