Brussels Airlines welcomes 45,8 pct more passengers in April 2011

Last April, Brussels Airlines saw a passenger growth of 45,8 pct. Almost half a million passengers flew on the Brussels Airlines’ European and African network. This spectacular increase versus last year is due to the fact that air traffic suffered hugely from the temporary closure of the air space because of the volcanic ash cloud last year – but also the continuing growth in passenger numbers positively impacts this result.

In April a total of 486.653 passengers chose for Brussels Airlines. Compared to last year, this represents an increase of 45, 8 pct. The European network saw a passenger growth of 47 %, on the long-haul flights the increase amounts to 32, 5 pct.

The numbers are influenced by the fact that last year in April air traffic was suspended for 5 days because of the ash cloud that led to a closure of the air space. On the other hand is the growth also due to a capacity increase, the commercial strategy and pricing policy of Brussels Airlines.

In April (the month wherein summer season starts) the capacity and /or frequencies on numerous routes were increased (Athens, Tel Aviv, Bilbao, Prague, Hamburg, Berlin, ...) thanks to the addition of an Airbus A 319 aircraft and a first Airbus A 320 to the fleet.

These numbers do not include the charter flights that Brussels Airlines performs on behalf of tour operators.

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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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