Brussels Airlines welcomed 11.5 percent more passengers in April

During the month of April, which includes the Easter period, Brussels Airlines again registered a passenger growth. In total 11.5 percent more passengers flew on a Brussels Airlines flight compared to the same month last year. The occupancy rate increased to 73.9 percent.

Brussels Airlines continues its strong growth pace in April. During the first month of the aviation summer season, 652,532 passengers flew a Brussels Airlines flight to a European, African or American destination. This is an increase of 67,055 compared to April 2014.


The seat load factor increased by 1 percentage point and amounted to 73.9 percent.

During the month of April, the airline launched flights to Billund, St Petersburg, Dubrovnik and Bordeaux. Several existing destinations which are not served during the winter season have returned to the network (Washington, Catania, Palermo, Faro, Malta, Seville, Porto, Naples, Florence, Athens).


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 %

Passengers (x 1,000)



+ 11.5

Available seat-kilometres (in millions



+ 4.4 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)



+ 5.8

Freight ton-kilometres (in millions)




Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight)



+1.0 pct points

Passenger Load Factor PLF



+1.0 pct points


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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