Brussels Airlines: strong growth in the month of May

Brussels Airlines looks back at a strong month of May. The number of passengers increased by 15% and the occupancy rate and transported cargo volume also experienced strong growth.

The growth in passenger numbers was recorded in all markets. The number of passengers on intra-European flights has increased by 15.1%, the flights between Africa and Brussels Airport recorded 18.3% more passengers compared to the same period last year, and finally, on flights to New York and Washington passenger numbers grew by 4.8%.

In total, 87,379 additional passengers chose to travel with Brussels Airlines. Without the closure of the air space on May 27, this growth would have been even higher.

The increase in passenger numbers is due among others to the new commercial strategy of Brussels Airlines, the launch of new destinations, the success of flights to leisure destinations, and the significant growth of the African market.

The seat load factor increased by 1.1 percent to 72.5%.

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 %




+ 15.0

Available seat-kilometres (in millions



+ 13.5 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)



+  15.3

Freight ton-kilometres (in millions)



+ 8.0

Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight)

63.1 %


+ 0.5 pct punt

Passenger Load Factor PLF



+1.1 pct punt

Figures based on preliminary data currently available

Kim Daenen

Media Relations Manager

Wencke Lemmes

VP Corporate Communication

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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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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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