Brussels Airlines welcomes 11.4% more passengers in March 2011

Brussels Airlines registered 11.4% more passengers last month. Compared to the same month last year, there were more than 45,700 additional passengers carried on the European and African network of Brussels Airlines.

The growth in passenger numbers experienced already by Brussels Airlines in January and February continued into the month of March. In total, 446,401 passengers chose to fly Brussels Airlines in March, an increase of 11.4% compared to last year.

The occupancy on European flights increased by 4.5 percentage points. While the passenger number increased by 20%, the occupancy on African flights decreased due to the crisis in Ivory Coast as well as Easter not falling in March this year.

As in January and February, the passenger growth in March can be linked to the pricing policy, the higher number of seats available, and an increase in the number of transfer passengers.

MAR 2011

MAR 2010

change in per

Passengers in 1,000s 446.4 400.6 + 11.4
Available seat-kilometres (in millions) 1113.6 953.5 + 16.8
Revenue seat-kilometres (in millions) 648.2 559.6 + 15.8
Save load factor in per cent 58.2% 58.7% - 0.5 points

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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 10,000 daily flights to almost 1,200 airports in 184 countries.

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