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

Corporate Traffic Figures
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About Brussels Airlines


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. The company has over 4,000 employees and 48 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 Eurowings and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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