Brussels Airlines registers slight passenger growth in May

Brussels Airlines registers slight passenger growth in May

In the month of May, Brussels Airlines recorded a light passenger growth of 4.2% compared to May 2015. The Seat Load Factor increased slightly.

In May, 697,941 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines to a European, African or North American destination. That’s 28,091 more than the same period last year (+4.2%). The European network generated a passenger growth of 3.4%. On its flights to and from Africa, the airline carried 3.8% more passengers. The number of customers that chose a trans-Atlantic flight grew by 25.4%. This remarkable growth is mainly due to the newly introduced service to Toronto, which creates more capacity, and logically, higher passenger numbers.

After the passenger decrease in March and April as a result of the attacks, Brussels
Airlines now registers a light customer growth. The demand for flights is not back at the level of before March 22, however, as the growth is mainly due to the capacity increase and the long weekends in May, which incited many Belgians to travel abroad. Moreover, mostly the number of connecting passengers grew (travelers who combine two flights via Brussels), but not the number of direct travelers to or from Belgium.

Despite the fact that Brussels Airport is again fully operational, the negative impact of the attacks is still noticeable, and, next to the business travel, the Belgian tourism still suffers. Therefore, Brussels Airlines supports initiatives like ‘Sprout to be Brussels’ to improve the image of our country and to stimulate Belgian tourism.

The freight load factor amounted to 63% in May. This is a decrasee of 12 pct points, which can be explained by the higher freight capacity due to the opening of the Toronto route. The freight volume on this new route is still in a start-up phase.








Year/year difference in %







+ 4.2

Available seat-kilometres (in millions)



+ 7.0 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)



+ 7.7

Freight ton-kilometres (in millions)



- 10.5

Freight Load Factor



- 12 pct. points

Passenger Load Factor



+ 0,5 pct. points


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Brussels Airlines is Belgium's national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 80 destinations, whereof 17 in Sub-Saharan Africa, the continent Brussels Airlines considers its second home. Moreover, Brussels Airlines offers 65 destinations in Europe, 3 in North America and Tel Aviv. The company has over 4,000 employees and 48 aircraft operating some 250 flights daily, flying more than 10 million passengers a year to, via and from Brussels Airport. Thanks to its no-compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive fares with the highest service quality.  With yearly changing Belgian Star Chefs, its wide offer of Belgian food and drinks and the six Belgian Icons, Brussels Airlines is an ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world.

Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialized by Lufthansa Cargo. The airline also handles the daily maintenance of its aircraft fleet.

Brussels Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group and is a member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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