Busy month of April for Brussels Airlines

Busy month of April for Brussels Airlines

April was an intense month for Brussels Airlines.  In total 837,646 passengers flew aboard on a European or intercontinental Brussels Airlines flight. The passenger load factor reached 81%. 

April 2017 was the busiest April month for  Brussels Airlines. In total the airline welcomed  837,646 passengers on board of its  7,130  flights.  693,166 passengers chose a European flight (more than 82%) and the other 144,480 passengers (more than 17%) flew from or to Africa, North-American, the Middle East or India.

Compared to April 2016, this is a spectacular passenger growth of 54.6 % , a  comparison that is however  difficult due to the reduced flight program in the aftermath of the March terrorist attacks of last year. 

The April passenger numbers l are satisfactory as the seat load factor reached almost  81 %.

The new Mumbai connection, launched at the end of March, already attracted nearly 8,000 passengers in April. Also  in April, the Portuguese island Madeira was added to the growing European network. This weekly flight had an encouraging start as well.

The transported freight volume also tended to increase. 162,191 Revenue Ton Kilometres (RTK) were realised. This is an increase of 49.6 % whereas the Available Ton Kilometres only grew with 22 %.

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.

 

Month

Month

VLY difference in %

apr-17

apr-16

Flights

7,130

5,658

26.0%

Total Passengers

837,646

541,687

54.6%

-- Passengers Europe

693,166

442,712

56.6%

-- Passengers Africa

82,525

61,661

33.8%

-- Passengers North America

35,456

24,697

43.6%

-- Passengers Middle East

18,583

12,617

47.3%

-- Passengers Asia

7,916

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Available seat-kilometers  (ASK)

1,732,103,375

1,412,320,059

22.6%

Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK)

1,403,686,142

938,871,990

49.5%

Passenger Load Factor (%)

81.0%

66.5%

14.6%pt

Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK)   

207,090

169,760

22.0%

Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK)

162,192

108,442

49.6%

Cargo Load Factor (%)

63.8%

48.0%

15.8%pt

Figures based on preliminary figures currently available.

 

 

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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 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs 3,100 people and operates 41 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. In 2023, Brussels Airlines welcomes three state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network. Next to that, the airline aims to operate its first flight using Sustainable Aviation fuel (SAF) by 2023.

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 honor a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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