Brussels Airlines welcomed 757,749 more passengers in 2014

During the past year, 6,608,867 passengers flew with Brussels Airlines, 757,749 more than in 2013. This is the largest passenger growth in the airline’s history. Thanks to the new commercial strategy, the seat load factor improved by 2.8 percentage points.

The new commercial strategy of Brussels Airlines has yielded very positive results in 2014. Thanks to the newly launched  travel formulas, lower fares and the network expansion, 13 percent more passengers chose to fly with Brussels Airlines compared to 2013. That is a record for Brussels Airlines and makes it one of the airlines with the largest growth in Europe. Other European airlines registered a growth around 3%.


“The traveler today has more choice than ever from Brussels Airport and has clearly chosen for Brussels Airlines. Our new travel formulas and very competitive prices have been positively received by the market. Our strategy to offer attractive fares to the leisure market, on top of our focus on business travelers, has clearly worked.”

-- Bernard Gustin, CEO Brussels Airlines 


Out of the 6.6 million passengers, 5.6 million flew on a short- or mid haul flight operated by Brussels Airlines, while 222,781 passengers crossed the Atlantic and 751,805 flew between Brussels Airport and Africa.

The new commercial strategy also led to a significant improvement of the seat load factor, which increased by 2.8 percentage points and amounted to 72%.

The annual passenger results have been negatively impacted in December, due to the provincial and national strike days, which limited the growth during that month to 6.8%.

"In addition to our growing scheduled flight activity, we also operated more holiday flights for tour operators in 2014, in line with our strategy to have an even larger leisure offer in the Belgian market."

-- Lars Redeligx, Chief Commercial Officer Brussels Airlines


Passenger figures for these charter activities are not included in the figures of this press release.


Annual figures





Year/year difference in %




+ 13.0

Available seat-kilometres (in millions)



+ 6.1 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)



+ 10.3

Freight ton-kilometres (in millions)



+ 9.6

Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight)



+ 2.2 pct point

Passenger Load Factor (PLF)



+ 2.8 pct point



Monthly figures December 2014:







Month/month difference in %




+ 6.8

Available seat-kilometres (in millions)



- 7.6 

Revenue Passenger-kilometres (in millions)



- 4.0

Freight ton-kilometres (in millions)




Overall Loadfactor (Passengers & Freight)



+ 2.3 pct point

Passenger Load Factor (PLF)



+ 2.6 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 90 destinations, 18 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,400 people and operates 44 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 17,000 daily flights to over 1,200 airports in 190 countries.

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