Brussels Airlines welcomed 2 percent more passengers in 2013

5,878,179 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines in the course of 2013, which represents an increase of two percent compared to 2012. The load factor of the airline’s flights also improved by 2.6 percent points. Brussels Airlines transported a record number of passengers in the history of its existence.

Compared to 2012, Brussels Airlines transported an additional 116,360 passengers in 2013. The passenger growth was realized mainly thanks to the intercontinental flight offer to the United States and Africa.

In 2013 the airline’s seat offer decreased slightly compared to 2012. A nice passenger growth was achieved nonetheless, leading to a significant improvement of the occupancy rate. The average occupancy rate (Seat Load Factor) was 69.1 percent throughout 2013.

A remarkable month was the last month of December, recording a 12 percent passenger increase compared to December 2012 (+ 36,000 pasengers).

These positive passenger results – Brussels Airlines’ results were above overall market average – clearly confirm the strategic choices of the Brussels Airlines management. For example, in 2013, the European flight offer and the flight frequencies were better adapted to market demand. At the same time the intercontinental network grew thanks to the implementation of an additional long haul aircraft.

Highlights in 2013 included the launch of a second US destination, Washington D.C., and the Mediterranean holiday destination Alicante.

In addition to this scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines also operated numerous flights for tour operators, meeting- and incentive agencies and sports clubs. The passenger figures of these activities are not included in the year figures.

The freight activity of Brussels Airlines, expressed in freight ton-kilometres, increased by 14% in 2013. Compared to 2012 3,448 tons of additional cargo and mail were transported.

  Year 2013 Year 2012 Year/year difference in %
Passengers 5,878,179 5,761,819 + 2
Available seat-kilometres  14,142,105,690 13,436,383,651 + 5
Revenue passenger-kilometres  9,777,789,484 9,229,207,645 + 6
Freight ton-kilometres  178,508,000 156,302,000 + 14.21
Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight) 66.8% 64.2% + 2.6 pct point
Passenger Load Factor 69.1% 68.7% + 0.4 pct point


  December 2013 December 2012 month/month difference in %
Passengers 433,589 388,439 + 12
Available seat-kilometres 1,165,321,854 1,037,042,830 + 12
Revenue passenger-kilometres 786,011,660 693,567,109 + 13
Freight ton-kilometres 17,214,000 14,130,000 + 22
Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight) 57.9 % 59.1 % - 1.2 pct point
Passenger Load Factor (PLF) 67.5 % 66.9 % + 0.6 pct point


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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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