Brussels Airlines registers record seat load factor in July

Brussels Airlines registers record seat load factor in July

During the month of July 11.3% more passengers flew on a Brussels Airlines flight. The seat load factor amounted to 85.3%. Never before did the airline record such a high percentage of its seats.

Despite a very challenging competitive environment, Brussels Airlines looks back on a very positive month of July. In total 876,717 passengers were welcomed on board of the 7,279 flights operated by the Belgian airline, representing an increase of 11.3% (+88,000) compared to 2016.

The short- and mid-haul network attracted 11.3% more passengers. The flights to sun destinations in Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal and France attracted many holiday makers in July. Brussels Airlines also looks back on a positive passenger development in Scandinavia, Great-Britain and Tel Aviv.

On flights to and from Africa, the passenger growth amounted to 6% and the North American destinations accounted for a growth of 2.4%.

The passenger increase has caused a seat load factor growth of 2.6 percentage points to 85.3%, a record for Brussels Airlines.  

Brussels Airlines’ freight activities, expressed in Revenu Ton Kilometres, grew by 15.2% and the cargo load factor increased by 10.7 percentage points.

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

 

 

Month

Month

VLY difference in %

jul-17

jul-16

Flights

7,279

6,995

4.1%

Total Passengers

876,717

787,765

11.3%

-- Passengers Europe

718,525

645,808

11.3%

-- Passengers Africa

91,804

86,589

6.0%

-- Passengers North America

36,728

35,880

2.4%

-- Passengers Middle East

20,169

19,488

3.5%

-- Passengers Asia

9,491

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Available seat-kilometers  (ASK)

1,789,119,451

1,627,637,195

9.9%

Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK)

1,526,492,773

1,345,963,582

13.4%

Passenger Load Factor (%)

85.3%

82.7%

2.6%pt

Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK)   

213,781

193,862

10.3%

Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK)

171,813

149,196

15.2%

Cargo Load Factor (%)

64.2%

53.5%

10.7%pt

These statistics are based on currently available passenger data

 

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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 3,100 people and operates 41 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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