Brussels Airlines welcomes 8% more passengers in January

Brussels Airlines welcomes 8% more passengers in January

Brussels Airlines started the year with a passenger growth. 8% more passengers flew with the airline in January compared to the same month last year. The growth was achieved both on the European network as on its flights to North America and Africa.

In total 513,062 flew Brussels Airlines last January, or 38,103 (+8%) more than the same month in 2016. The European network attracted 6.6% more travellers, the African network 5.6%. On board its flights to North America, Brussels Airlines welcomed 58.2% more passengers due to the addition of Toronto.

Compared to January 2016, the Belgian airline operated 7% more flights.

The seat offer, expressed in available seat-kilometers (ASK) increased by 16% and the revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) grew by 12%. As a result, the seat load factor decreased slightly and amounted to 65%. The freight load factor increased by 2.7 percentage points to 63.9%.

In addition to its scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines operates many holiday and group flights for tour operators. Passenger figures for this activity are not included in the figures of this press release.


Note to news desks:

From now on, Brussels Airlines communicates its monthly passenger- and freight figures in line with the Lufthansa Group reporting.





Month/Month difference in %

January 2017

January 2016




+ 7%

Total Passengers



+ 8%

-- Passengers Europe



+ 6.6%

-- Passengers Africa (ASK)



+ 5.6%

-- Passengers North America



+ 58.2%

-- Passengers Middle East



+ 28.4%

Available seat-kilometers (ASK)



+ 16%

Revenue Passenger-Kilometers (RPK)



+ 12%

Passenger Load Factor (%)



- 2.3 pp.


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Brussels Airlines is Belgium's national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 70 destinations, whereof 15 in Africa, the continent that Brussels Airlines carries closes to its heart. Moreover, Brussels Airlines offers 60 destinations in Europe, 2 in North America and Tel Aviv. The company employs 3,100 employees and operates 38 aircraft.

In view of the global coronavirus pandemic, Brussels Airlines has committed itself to the strictest health safety measures in aviation worldwide, following the recommendations of EASA (European Air Safety Agency). Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Belgian airline operates an adapted flight schedule that is based on market demand and that takes into account the travel restrictions of the different authorities.

Thanks to its no-compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive all-flexible fares with  the highest service quality. With yearly changing Belgian Star Chefs, its wide offer of Belgian food and drinks and the five Belgian Icons, Brussels Airlines is acting as a real ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world.

Creating over 40.000 direct and indirect jobs, Brussels Airlines plays an important role in the Belgian economy and is part of Belgium's second largest economic engine: its hub at Brussels Airport. In 2019, the airline transported over 10 million passengers to, from and via Brussels Airport.

Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialized by Lufthansa Cargo. The airline also handles the daily maintenance of its aircraft fleet.

Brussels Airlines is one of the four Lufthansa Group network airlines (Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss) and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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