Brussels Airlines starts summer holidays with a strong passenger growth

During the month of July, the first month of the summer holidays, Brussels Airlines registered a very strong passenger growth. Compared to the previous year, the number of passengers that have opted for a Brussels Airlines flight has increased by 14%. 

The strategy of Brussels Airlines to expand its flight offer with attractive summer destinations over the summer season has been very successful in the month of July. 

In total 738,780 passengers were welcomed on board. This is 90,000 more passengers than in July 2014. The European network registered 14.9% more passengers and 13.1% more passengers travelled with the Belgian airline to New York and Washington.  The African network registered a passenger growth of 7.7%.

The passenger growth had a direct positive impact on the seat load factor that grew by 2.9 percentage points to reach 82.7%.

One of the highlights of July was the cooperation with Tomorrowland. 11,871 Tomorrowland passengers checked in for one of the Brussels Airlines party flights.

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.








Month/month difference in %




+ 14.0

Available seat-kilometres (in millions)



+ 6.9 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)



+  10.8

Freight ton-kilometres (in millions)



- 1.4

Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight)



+2.1 p.p.

Passenger Load Factor (PLF)



+2.9 p.p.

Figures based on preliminary data 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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The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance, based on a customer value proposition of global reach, worldwide recognition and seamless service. Since inception, it has offered the largest and most comprehensive airline network, with a focus on improving customer experience across the Alliance journey.

Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 10,000 daily flights to almost 1,200 airports in 184 countries.

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