Brussels Airlines welcomes 18.2% more passengers in May 2011

In May Brussels Airlines saw a passenger growth of 18, 2 percent compared to last year. The airline transported in total 79,000 more passengers on board its 50 European and 20 African flights.

A total of 515,718 passengers chose for Brussels Airlines in May. The increase was similar on both the European network (+ 18.1%) and the long-haul network (+ 19.1%). Due to this passenger increase also the average seat load factor of the flights went up.

The passenger numbers of May confirm the positive growth trend of recent months. Brussels Airlines grew faster than the market in May.

The increase in passengers is mainly due to increased seat capacity, linked to the airline’s commercial strategy and pricing policy. On several routes larger aircraft were used compared to last year. There was also a sound increase in the number of group reservations and city trips.

MAY 2011

MAY 2010

month / month
difference in %

Passengers in 1,000s 515.7 436.3 + 18.2
Available seat-kilometres (in millions) 1097.9 921.01 + 19.2
Revenue seat-kilometres (in millions) 713.7 592.7 + 20.4
Seat Load factor 65.0% 64.3% + 0.7 % points

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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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