Brussels Airlines starts the year with a passenger growth of 15%

Brussels Airlines starts the year with a passenger growth of 15%

During the month of January 76.895 more passengers boarded a Brussels Airlines flight compared to the same month last year. Both the European and the African sectors recorded significant growth rates. The passenger rise also led to a 5.6 percentage point increase of the seat load factor.

Brussels Airlines started off the new year with growth. On board of the 5,413 flights that were operated during the past month, Brussels Airlines welcomed 590,329 passengers, or 76,895 more than in January 2017. Mainly on the European and African market the Belgian airline recorded significant growth rates, with respectively a 14.4% and 12.4% increase.

The 15% passenger growth also led to an increase of the seat load factor of 5.6 percentage points, leading to an average seat load factor of 74%. The freight volumes transported in the belly of Brussels Airlines’ passenger flights also grew significantly (+36%). Thanks to a more effective use of the cargo hold, the cargo load factor grew from 59.4% to 71.6%. This resulted in an increase of the Revenue Ton-Kilometers (RTK) by 24.9%.

Compared to January last year, Brussels Airlines operated 5.8% less flights. Nevertheless the airline was able to increase its growth rate. This is the result of the replacement of the last AVRO jets (100 seats) by Airbus aircraft with a greater capacity (180 seats). The pressure on airline ticket prices remains high. Thanks to its increased offer, Brussels Airlines was able to continue to propose competitive fares and attract even more customers.

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 %

jan/18

jan/17

Flights

5,413

5,749

-5.8%

Total Passengers

590,329

513,434

15.0%

-- Passengers Europe

458,443

400,845

14.4%

-- Passengers Africa

94,986

84,491

12.4%

-- Passengers North America

15,445

16,394

-5.8%

-- Passengers Middle East

11,313

11,704

-3.3%

-- Passengers Asia

10,142

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Available seat-kilometers  (ASK)

1,461,013,944

1,291,669,850

13.1%

Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK)

1,085,692,172

886,791,848

22.4%

Passenger Load Factor (%)

74.3%

68.7%

5.6 % pt

Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK)   

176,206

154,738

13.9%

Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK)

129,190

103,462

24.9%

Cargo Load Factor (%)

71.6%

59.4%

12.2 % pt

These figures are based on preliminary results currently available

 

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Brussels Airlines is Belgium's national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 100 destinations, whereof 23 in Africa, the continent Brussels Airlines considers its second home. Besides Africa, Brussels Airlines offers more than 90 destinations in Europe, 3 in North America and Tel Aviv and Mumbai. The company has over 4,000 employees and 52 aircraft operating some 250 flights daily, flying more than 9 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 five 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 Eurowings Group and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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