Brussels Airlines registers passenger growth in September

In September, Brussels Airlines continued to grow. The number of passengers that travelled on a Brussels Airlines flight increased by 8.2% compared to last year. The seat load factor remained stable.

In September, the first month after the summer holidays, 813,982 passengers chose to fly with Brussels Airlines, or 61,593 more than September 2015 (+8.2%).

Both the European flights, as well as the intercontinental network attracted more customers, but the growth was mainly registered on connecting flights via Brussels. The number of passengers travelling to Belgium as final destination is still not back to the same level as before the events of 22 March.

In Europe, the growth was noted on both business routes as well as destinations with a more leisure profile, like cities in Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy.

The seat load factor remained stable at 80.2%, in line with the increased number of seats Brussels Airlines offered on the market.

Despite a highly competitive environment and a decreasing market, these results confirm the success of Brussels Airlines’ new business model which offers passengers a large network of business and leisure destinations, as well as several fare options that attract both price sensitive customers as well as travelers looking for a high level of service.

The cargo volume increased by 28% compared to September 2015 and amounted to 2730 tons. The growth is mainly due to an increase in cargo flows from Europe to Africa and North America. The cargo load factor remained stable.

In addition to its scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines operates many holiday and group flights for tour operators. Passenger figures for this activity are not included in the figures of this press release.




Year/year difference in %







Available seat-kilometres (in millions)




Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)




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Freight Load Factor



-0.2 pt

Passenger Load Factor



-0.7 pt

Figures based on results 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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