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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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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