Brussels Airlines records seat load factor increase of 6 percent in March

In the month of March Brussels Airlines recorded an increase of the seat load factor of 6 percent. The number of passengers increased by 1.4 percent


During the last month of the winter season 465,138 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines. On board the long haul flights to Africa and New York  a significant passenger- and seat load factor increase was recorded. The daily service to New York achieved an average seat load factor of 81.9 percent and an additional 8.9 percent passengers travelled with Brussels Airlines to Africa.

On the European network, less seats were offered according to the “Beyond 2012-2013” management plan. This capacity decrease led however to an increased seat load factor of the intra-European flights (+2.4 pct points).

The end of March marked the beginning of the summer season in aviation. As from the Easter weekend Brussels Airlines increased its flight frequencies to some leisure destinations and to several African destinations.

These passenger figures only reflect the scheduled flights of Brussels Airlines. The passengers of charter flights operated by Brussels Airlines on behalf of tour operators are not included.


  March 2013 March 2012 month/month difference in percent
Passengers 465,138 458,838 + 1.4
Available seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts) 1062.65 1034.48 + 2.7 
Revenue seat-kilometres (2 dec. pts) 739.86 657.89 +  12.5
Freight ton-kilometres (no dec. pts.) 13,602 12,794 + 6.3
Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & freight) 61.2 % 57.8% + 3.4 pct points
Passenger Load Factor (PLF) 69.6 % 63.6% + 6  pct points


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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.

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